The Ascent of Man

Episode 04 - The Hidden Structure. This episode traces the development of chemistry from the early use of fire to disclose metals like copper to our modern knowledge of the elements. Fire was used to transform metals into tools. The problem of the softness of copper was overcome by making the alloy bronze, and chemistry helped develop even more useful metals. Chemistry also helped revolutionise medicine through the work of Paracelsus.

Episode 04 - The Hidden Structure

Related Links
History of Chemistry - wikipedia
The history of chemistry represents a time span from ancient history to the present. By 1000 BC, civilizations used technologies that would eventually form the basis to the various branches of chemistry.
Chemistry: A Volatile History
This is a BBC documentary series presented by Professor Jim Al-Khalili, tracing the story of how the elements - the building blocks that make up our entire world - were discovered and mapped.
100 Greatest Discoveries - Chemistry
This episode recounts thirteen important discoveries in chemistry, including Joseph Priestly's discovery of oxygen, John Dalton's atomic theory, and Dmitry Mendeleev's discovery of periodic table of elements.

Go to The Ascent of Man Home or watch other episodes:

Episode 01 - Lower Than the Angels
Episode 02 - The Harvest of the Seasons
Episode 03 - The Grain in the Stone
Episode 04 - The Hidden Structure
Episode 05 - Music of the Spheres
Episode 06 - The Starry Messenger
Episode 07 - The Majestic Clockwork
Episode 08 - The Drive for Power
Episode 09 - The Ladder of Creation
Episode 10 - World within World
Episode 11 - Knowledge or Certainty
Episode 12 - Generation upon Generation
Episode 13 - The Long Childhood