The history of phosphorus is largely a tale of people getting their hands dirty. Very, very dirty.
Turns out ancient sages and seers might’ve actually known a thing or two. Also, is there a good reason for sodium’s chemical symbol? Na.
Today we meet one man who’s responsible for the death of millions — and the survival of billions.
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.