Neon may no longer be “the new one,” but it might have a better claim to the name than any other element on the periodic table.
Today, we look past boron’s hard exterior to get acquainted with its softer side. Its confusing, gooey, softer side.
As we try to dive deep into beryllium, we discover its irritating tendency to send us back to the beginning.
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.