100 Greatest Discoveries

What are the most important scientific discoveries of all time? The answer might include Copernicus's idea that the sun is at the center of the solar system, Newton's laws of motion, Mendeleev's periodic table of elements, Einstein's theory of relativity and Darwin's theory of evolution. There are numerous great scientific discoveries that have significantly influenced the way we think and live throughout history. 100 Greatest Discoveries recounts the 100 most important scientific discoveries of all time and explains them with historical re-creations, archival footage and interviews with scientists.

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. Here are the thirteen important discoveries:

1. Oxygen (1770s)
2. Atomic Theory (1808)
3. Atoms Combine Into Molecules (1811 onward)
4. Synthesis of Urea (1828)
5. Chemical Structure (1850s)
6. Periodic Table of the Elements (1860s - 1870s)
7. Electricity Transforms Chemicals (1807 - 1810)
8. The Electron (1897)
9. Electrons for Chemical Bonds (1913 onward)
10. Atoms Have Signatures of Light (1850s)
11. Radioactivity (1890s - 1900s)
12. Plastics (1869 and 1900s)
13. Fullerenes (1985)
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