The element that links the formation of the universe with the functioning of our brains.
Beyond war and peace, how iron has shaped human biology and culture.
Why iodine is essential for our health.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss carbon, which forms the basis of all organic life.
Why is all known life built on carbon?
Melvyn Bragg explores chemistry's ongoing mission to understand irreducible substances.
Tom Heap investigates whether we're running out of phosphorus, an element vital for life.
Fluorine has a deadly reputation as one of the most reactive of all the elements.
Jerry Brotton looks at Sir Walter Raleigh's quest for gold
Neil MacGregor focuses on 19th-century uses of iron, from jewellery to the Iron Cross.
Why using more Lithium might be the key to solving the climate crisis.
The most beautiful and shimmering of the elements, the weirdest, and yet the most reviled.
Uta Frith assesses the impact of the use and abuse of lead on humanity.
Melvyn Bragg discusses the discovery of Oxygen by Joseph Priestley and Antoine Lavoisier.
Brian Cox and Robin Ince take a look at the life and death properties of oxygen.
Trevor Cox takes a deep breath and tells the story of oxygen on earth and in space.
How a discovery in boiled urine led to the trade union movement and chemical weapons.
The key component of rocks, sand and materials from glass and concrete to microelectronics
Sodium, the explosive alkali metal that is crucial for all life on Earth.
How do you discover a new chemical element?
The high price of gold has led to Asians being targeted for their wedding jewellery.
Henry Goodman stars in a new dramatisation of Levi's stories about the elements of life.
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