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Published on Feb 3, 2010
http://www.bbc.co.uk/science More about this episode: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00qck1t Professor Al-Khalili looks at the 19th century chemists who struggled to impose an order on the apparently random world of the elements. From working out how many there were to discovering their unique relationships with each other, the early scientists' bid to decode the hidden order of the elements was driven by false starts and bitter disputes. But ultimately the quest would lead to one of chemistry's most beautiful intellectual creations - the periodic table.