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0120110131

By Hugh Aldersey-Williams

Everything is made from them: the elements are the universal and fundamental ingredients of all matter.

But beyond the laboratory, released from the periodic table in which Dmitiri Mendeleev organised them according to the number of protons in their atoms, they reveal other meanings and tell other stories.

Hugh Aldersey-Williams explores 'the curious lives of the elements' through history, literature, science and art.

Mankind has always sought to venerate the rare and the precious, as well as being drawn magpie-like to that which is bright and shiny.

First it was gold and then it was platinum.

Reader : Michael Maloney

Abridged and Produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

Hugh Aldersey-Williams explores the curious lives of the elements through history.

0220110201

Hugh Aldersey-Williams explores 'the curious lives of the elements' through history, literature, science and art.

Some elements heal and some harm: chlorine has saved lives, fluorine, bromine and iodine have all played medicinal roles with varying degrees of effectiveness; but it was to another element that Agatha Christie turned when needing a fictional instrument of murder.

Reader : Michael Maloney

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

Hugh Aldersey-Williams explores the curious lives of the elements through history.

0320110202

Hugh Aldersey-Williams explores 'the curious lives of the elements' through history, literature, science and art.

Elements have brought colour and drama to our lives - from the bold pigments of art to the dramatic explosions of fireworks.

Reader : Michael Maloney

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

Hugh Aldersey-Williams explores 'the curious lives of the elements' through history.

0420110203

Further adventures amongst the building blocks of the universe including the iconic whiteness of calcium which takes us from bones to buildings.

Reader : Michael Maloney

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

Further adventures amongst the building blocks of the universe.

05 LAST20110204

Hugh Aldersey-Williams concludes his examination of what lies beyond the Periodic table with a look at elemental discoveries and element tourism.

Reader : Michael Maloney

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

Hugh Aldersey-Williams' final examination of what lies beyond the periodic table.