David Pogue on 'Hunting the Elements'

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

The period table of the elements The period table of the elements (Armtuk/Wikimedia Commons)

Popular science is more popular than ever. Its subjects also seem more rarefied than ever: string theory, theoretical physics, theoretical astrophysics. Whatever happened to the more tangible natural sciences? The ones we all think we know — chemistry, for example. We all remember studying the periodic table of the elements in high school, maybe even in college, but do we remember what it all meant? Do we understand what the elements do — and what they can do?

David Pogue, host of NOVA's "Making Stuff" series and a technology correspondent for our partner the New York Times, is premiering his two-hour NOVA special "Hunting the Elements" tonight on PBS. He discusses what we know about nature's building blocks, what we still don't know, and how scientists are using the 118 elements toward purposes we may never have imagined.

The NOVA special "Hunting the Elements" is produced by our partner WGBH.

Guests:

David Pogue

Produced by:

Ben Gottlieb

Comments [1]

edward johnson from uk

Yes I agree the science community obsessing over minute particles and continue to do the same experiements over and over with more expensive machines! I read a book recently absolute Relativity Theory of Everything. It enlightened me - and easy to read with lots of pictures. It all comes down to the eternal fascination with the speed of light. The author edward johnson explains that their is an ongoing lack of vision by the scientific community and once they realise light does not determine its own speed then they can move their knowledge outside the existing box - and not persist in trying to exceed it.

Apr. 06 2012 03:16 AM

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