The Periodic Table of Videos

Chemist Professor Martyn Poliakoff, from the U...

Chemist Professor Martyn Poliakoff, from the University of Nottingham, is filmed in his office for The Periodic Table of Videos project. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Or: do you have a Licence for explosives, sir?

There is apparently a trend in many Western countries of students moving away from scientific studies and opting more for “soft” subjects like sociology and theatre studies. Which is a shame, because a well-balanced society needs both. The Chemistry department of the University of Nottingham have launched their own online campaign to (re)interest people in chemistry, by making short, Youtube-sized films about every single known chemical element: The Periodic Table of Videos

And so you have it: elements that pong, elements that go BANG!, an in-depth investigation into whether professors in inorganic chemistry can boil an egg (answer: no), useful hints on how to blow up a birthday cake, and a strong general sense that chemistry is fun.

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