DIRECTORLyons, Stephen / Emerson, Michael / Meyer, Muffie
TITLEMystery of Matter: Search for the Elements
DISTRIBUTORPublic Broadcasting Service
RUNNING TIME180 minutes

This informative Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) series integrates the scientific discovery of the elements with stories of the scientists who discovered them. It uses docudrama, interviews with biographers, and animation to present an engaging story of the evolution of the periodic chart of the elements. Of particular interest are the sections portraying Marie Curie’s discovery of radioactivity, radium, and polonium and Glenn Seaborg’s discovery of plutonium. The scientists Joseph Priestly, Antoine Lavoisier, Humphry Davy, Dmitri Mendeleev, and Harry Moseley are also represented by actors in the film's docudrama.

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