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The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements


The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements is an exciting PBS series about one of the great adventures in the history of science: the long (and continuing) quest to understand what the world is made of—to identify, understand and organize the basic building blocks of matter. Three hour-long episodes introduce viewers to some of history’s most extraordinary scientists: Joseph Priestley and Antoine Lavoisier, whose discovery of oxygen—and radical interpretation of it—led to the modern science of chemistry; Humphry Davy, who made electricity a powerful new tool in the search for elements; Dmitri Mendeleev, whose Periodic Table brought order to the growing gaggle of elements; Marie Curie, whose groundbreaking research on radioactivity cracked open a window into the atom; Harry Moseley, whose discovery of atomic number redefined the Periodic Table; and Glenn Seaborg, whose discovery of plutonium opened up a whole new realm of elements, still being explored today.

The Mystery of Matter shows us not only what these scientific explorers discovered but also how, using Broadway-caliber actors to reveal the creative process through the scientists’ own words, and conveying their landmark discoveries through re-enactments shot with working replicas of their original lab equipment. Knitting these strands together into a coherent, entertaining whole is host Michael Emerson, a two-time Emmy Award-winning actor. 

Two-time Emmy winner Michael Emerson hosts The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements

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Two-time Emmy winner Michael Emerson hosts The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements

Hugo Becker and Ava DeLuca-Verley as  Antoine Lavoisier and Marie Anne Lavoisier

Jeffrey Dunn/Moreno/Lyons Productions LLC

Hugo Becker and Ava DeLuca-Verley as  Antoine Lavoisier and Marie Anne Lavoisier

Patrick Page as Joseph Priestley

Jeffrey Dunn/Moreno/Lyons Productions LLC

Patrick Page as Joseph Priestley

Sebastian Roche and Juliet Rylance as Pierre Curie and Marie Curie

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Sebastian Roche and Juliet Rylance as Pierre Curie and Marie Curie

Nick Gehlfuss and Paul Lyons as Glenn Seaborg and Arthur Wahl

Jeffrey Dunn/Moreno/Lyons Productions LLC

Nick Gehlfuss and Paul Lyons as Glenn Seaborg and Arthur Wahl

Patrick Page, Ava Deluca-Verley and Hugo Becker as Joseph Priestley, Marie Anne and Antoine Lavoisier

Jeffrey Dunn/Moreno/Lyons Productions LLC

Patrick Page, Ava Deluca-Verley and Hugo Becker as Joseph Priestley, Marie Anne and Antoine Lavoisier

Michael Aronov as Dmitri Mendeleev

Jeffrey Dunn/Moreno/Lyons Productions LLC

Michael Aronov as Dmitri Mendeleev

Matthew Amendt as Humphry Davy

Jeffrey Dunn/Moreno/Lyons Productions LLC

Matthew Amendt as Humphry Davy

Hugo Becker and Ava Deluca-Verley as Antoine and Marie Anne Lavoisier

Jeffrey Dunn/Moreno/Lyons Productions LLC

Hugo Becker and Ava Deluca-Verley as Antoine and Marie Anne Lavoisier

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Mystery of Matter poster image

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