A three part 2010 BBC documentary series from 2015, theoretical physicist Jim Al-Khalili traces the story of how the elements which serve as the building blocks of our entire world were discovered. It has been less than 200 years since we first discovered what an element is, a substance that cannot be broken down further by a chemical reaction. Al-Khalili also presented the 2006 series Science and Islam.
The Ancient Greeks were convinced that the world consisted of just four elements – Earth, Fire, Water, and Air. In the modern world there have been 118 elements discovered, with 94 of those concurring naturally in the world and 24 being synthetic elements. All three episodes are available to watch here on Documentary Vine, navigate via the tabs beneath the embed or by using the episode link list below.