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Last on

Mon 8 Dec 2008 21:00 BBC Radio 4

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 08 December 2008

Chris Rapley tells the story of Joseph Black, the Scottish Enlightenment chemist who described carbon dioxide for the first time. The birth of modern chemistry is charted against the modern-day realisation of the threat to our planet posed by greenhouse gases.


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