THE PERIODIC TABLE OF VIDEOS is a series of videos about chemical
elements and the periodic table . They are published on
Brady Haran , a former
BBC video journalist, featuring Sir
Martyn Poliakoff ("The Professor"), Peter Licence,
Stephen Liddle ,
Debbie Kays, Neil Barnes, Sam Tang and others at the University of
* 1 Development
* 2 Content
* 3 Financing
* 4 Videos
* 5 References
* 6 Further reading
* 7 External links
The project began recording on 9 June 2008 and the initial videos
were completed on 17 July 2008. The collection includes videos, each
just a few minutes long, for all 118 known elements with a video for
each element, as well as many additional supplemental chemistry
videos. The 118 element videos and introduction videos were all shot
unscripted in June and July 2008.
Since the initial videos were completed in 2008 the team has been
refining and uploading revised versions of the videos with new video
and in higher resolutions. A key example of this revising is with the
xenon video that was redone in honour of professor Neil Bartlett who
died on 5 August 2008; Bartlett prepared one of the first xenon
compounds, xenon hexafluoroplatinate .
Poliakoff is the most visible presenter on the videos and his hair,
Einstein or a mad scientist , is frequently commented
upon in the videos. The combination of the professor's hair and
sometimes crazy experiments has made these videos quite popular.
Although uncertain what to think about the attention given to his
hair, Professor Poliakoff is excited with the success of the videos,
stating "With a few hours of work, I have lectured to more students
than I have reached in my entire career." The
YouTube channel as of
August 2017, has almost 1 million subscribers and the videos have had
over 160 million views. The
YouTube channel is now one of the most
popular chemistry related channels on all of YouTube. The producers
of the videos have received praise from Nobel Laureates, chemistry
professors, and the general public, says Professor Poliakoff.
Chemistry Nobel Laureate
Roald Hoffmann has even offered his praise of
the videos, stating they "are like the best reality show I've ever
seen—the universe revealing itself, element by element."
The videos feature various experiments and demonstrations of the
elements, some too dangerous to be performed in a classroom. Though
the presenters take appropriate precautions when doing such
experiments and provide adequate warnings, some scientists have
criticized the dangerous experiments fearing people might try them at
home and get hurt. The intent of the videos is to bring chemistry to
a new generation of students and to get them enthused about science
and understand how chemists think and what chemists are trying to do.
Many school teachers now incorporate these videos into their classes,
and the professor has even recorded video responses to some of the
students' questions. Some of the most popular videos are those of
sodium , potassium , and uranium .
The Periodic Table of Videos
The Periodic Table of Videos team has had two live performances to
date, the first in May 2009 at the
Broadway Media Centre in Nottingham
, and most recently in July 2010 at the
EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF)
Turin , Italy.
A grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
of £25,249 was awarded on 19 January, 2010 to extend the video
library to include topical videos on molecules of general interest.
The first of these new videos were on carbon dioxide and methane .
The Periodic Table of Videos
The Periodic Table of Videos has filmed at least one video for each
of the 118 elements (from hydrogen to oganesson ). They have also
filmed several videos that discuss molecules such as D2O (heavy water
) and sulfuric acid . Also filmed are "Chem definitions" that
provide an explanation to words that are used in chemistry. Lastly,
the team has filmed "Roadtrips" where they travel to different places
in the world that have an importance in chemistry (such as the mine
Sweden , which had four elements — yttrium ,
terbium , erbium , and ytterbium — named after it.)
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Brady Haran (producer) (31 May 2010). The Professor
talks about The Periodic Table of Videos.
United Kingdom : The
Periodic Table of Videos. Retrieved 17 July 2010.
* ^ A B C D E F G H I J K Ritter, Stephen (September 15, 2008).
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