- Short Films
Medical journalist Michael Mosley introduces the fundamental questions and the great forces of history that have shaped the story of science. What is out there? What is the world made of? What is the secret of life?
This is the second episode of the series, trying to find the answer to the question: What is the world made of, through scientific history. This is a story that moves from the secret labs of the alchemists and their search for gold to the creation of the world’s first synthetic dye, and onto the invention of the transistor. By trying to answer this question, scientists have created theories from elements to atoms, and the strange concepts of quantum physics that underpin our modern, technological world.