From prehistoric times right through today, our hand-held tools have been made of silicon.
Just try to tally the body count behind the periodic table’s most reactive element, and learn why you should drink it.
This week, we try to interact with helium, even though it really doesn’t want to. Plus, we explore the occult side of chemistry, as described by the theosophists.
As we investigate our first element, we’ll meet warring balloonists, witness mass media’s first major tragedy, and see how the tiniest mistake can cost a lot of money. Plus, we’ll try to pin down where hydrogen belongs on the periodic table.