The Chemistry of Almost Everything

Sep 11, 2023 | Science, Videos

Chemistry is a fundamental force in the universe that affects us all – from the food we eat to the air we breathe and beyond. In this six-part documentary series, Professor Steven Ley from Cambridge University takes viewers on a journey through how some of these processes work.

In one episode, Professor Ley discusses the development of an incredibly powerful molecule in his lab – so powerful that just a tablespoon full could cover two football pitches. He also describes the extraordinary powers of Neem oil, which has been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments in India.

The series delves deeper into how organisms such as frogs can survive extreme temperatures and how chemistry plays a vital role in helping humans survive in space. We explore a slum district in Delhi where discarded equipment is recycled and reused for teaching chemistry, demonstrating how knowledge and resources can cross cultural boundaries. Additionally, the documentary examines how chemistry intertwines with peace and war as well as economic fortune, specifically within the pharmaceutical business.

Viewers learn about carbon’s integral role in creation as well as sources for nitrates before turning their attention to what happens after death – looking at skeletons and understanding dangerous free radicals and their effect on the heart.

This series provides an unparalleled level of insight into how fundamental chemistry is to life on Earth, making it essential viewing for anyone interested in science or nature. So don’t miss out on this intriguing exploration into one of the most important forces shaping our world – tune into Chemistry: The Magic Of Our Universe!

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