Why are some elements like platinum and gold inert, while others like phosphorus and potassium are violently explosive? Why are some vital to every breath we take while others are lethal toxins that kill off their discoverers, as with Marie Curie? As he digs for answers, Pogue reveals the story of the elements to be a rich stew simmering with passion, madness, and obsessive scientific rivalry. Punctuated by surprising and often alarming experiments, Hunting the Elements takes viewers on a roller-coaster ride through nature's hidden lab and the compelling stories of discovery that revealed its secrets.
Chemistry: A Volatile History