States of Matter
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the science of matter and the states in which it can exist, from solids, liquids and gases to high-energy plasmas.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the science of matter and the states in which it can exist. Most people are familiar with the idea that a substance like water can exist in solid, liquid and gaseous forms. But as much as 99% of the matter in the universe is now believed to exist in a fourth state, plasma. Today scientists recognise a number of other exotic states or phases, such as glasses, gels and liquid crystals - many of them with useful properties that can be exploited.
Professor of Chemistry at University College London
Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Cambridge
Professor of Physics and Fellow of Trinity College at the University of Oxford
Producer: Thomas Morris.
LINKS AND FURTHER READING
Philip Ball, H2O: A Biography of Water (Phoenix, 2000)
Shalom Eliezer and Y. Eliezer, The Fourth State of Matter: An Introduction to Plasma Science (Taylor & Francis, 2001)
Mark Miodownik, Stuff Matters: The Strange Stories of the Marvellous Materials that Shape Our Man-made World (Viking, 2013)
D. Tabor, Gases, Liquids and Solids and Other States of Matter (Cambridge University Press, 1991)
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- Thu 3 Apr 2014 09:00
- Thu 3 Apr 2014 21:30