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BBC2 - The Story of Science: Power, Proof and Passion
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adammclean
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 Posted: Wed May 5th, 2010 10:05 am
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The second installment of the BBC documentary The Story of Science: Power, Proof and Passion  What is the World Made of? was broadcast last night. It opened with a section on alchemy, with a rather fine recreation of an alchemical laboratory
They showed the Brandt discovery of phosphorus by distilllation of stale urine.
The historical context was a bit sketchy and they did not make it entirely clear that this experiment was taking place in the mid 17th century.

It is on the BBC iplayer at the moment but will likely be removed in a few days.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbctwo/programmes/genres/factual/scienceandnature

Alexander Guthrie Stewart
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 Posted: Thu May 6th, 2010 11:40 pm
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Nice to hear him say systematic, with regards to Alchemists.

Spot the non chemist, I thought everyone knew how to smell nasty chemicals without inhaling too much of them.  Obviously not. 

It looks to me rather like Jack Greene's lab, some old photos here:

http://www.barometerworld.co.uk/jack/Alchemical_labs.htm

some of the background distillation equipment looks the same. 

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 Posted: Fri May 7th, 2010 03:22 pm
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adammclean wrote:
The second installment of the BBC documentary The Story of Science: Power, Proof and PassionĀ  What is the World Made of? was broadcast last night. It opened with a section on alchemy, with a rather fine recreation of an alchemical laboratory
They showed the Brandt discovery of phosphorus by distilllation of stale urine.
The historical context was a bit sketchy and they did not make it entirely clear that this experiment was taking place in the mid 17th century.

It is on the BBC iplayer at the moment but will likely be removed in a few days.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbctwo/programmes/genres/factual/scienceandnature


Also available in the BBC shop:

http://www.bbcshop.com/Science+Nature/The-Story-Of-Science-DVD/invt/bbcdvd3157


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