Nova: Season 39, Episode 17

Hunting the Elements (2012)

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Where do nature's building blocks, called the elements, come from? They're the hidden ingredients of everything in our world, from the carbon in our bodies to the metals in our smartphones. Watch as David Pogue unlocks their secrets.

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Lindsay Baker
Peter Bocko
John Burba
Tim Collister
Igor Dmitriev
Gayle Fitzwater
Scott Gadeken
Theo Gray
Anthony Grisanti
Christa Hockensmith
Harriet Hunnable
Lawrence L. Jones
Ralph Jung
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Will Le Bow
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Where do nature's building blocks, called the elements, come from? They're the hidden ingredients of everything in our world, from the carbon in our bodies to the metals in our smartphones. Watch as David Pogue unlocks their secrets.

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Novel way to look at the periodic table and the elements.
15 July 2013 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

I am I Chemist, as a student in high school, college, graduate school, and in my career, the Periodic Chart was a constant companion and a reminder of the order and structure of the elements.

This program examines the Periodic table and the individual elements, and the system used to organize them. I often got tired of the host's constant jokes and other attempts to be silly or funny, but when I ignored his antics and focused on what the lesson was, I found it to be very interesting.

The program features a large Periodic Table which is literally a table, and for each element is a compartment below its symbol, name, atomic number. Inside each compartment are the elements themselves, many in appropriate containers. Demonstrations include such things as how sodium metal can be cut like cheese, and how it reacts violently with water.

There are also very interesting sections of the heavy metals, and the rare earth metals, and methods used to mine and purify them. Most interesting to me was the process for converting many tons of dirt and rock into gold bars. One of those giant trucks carry enough dirt (ore) to yield over $1 Million in pure gold. So, while the yield is very low, the premium is very high.

All in all a very interesting discussion of the elements and the structure of the Periodic Table of Elements.


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