Episode 3: Happy Holidays from CHF!

Bubbly 3

Bubbly 3. Photo uploaded by ngould to stock.xchng.

This week, in honor of the holiday season, we’re offering a toast to chemistry. We’ll explain what makes champagne bubble, and why size matters when you’re talking about carbonation. From all of us to all of you: Happy Holidays. The Element of the Week: phosphorus.

Show Clock

00:00 Opening Credits
00:32 Introduction
01:03 Element of the Week: Phosphorus
02:48 The Science behind Champagne Bubbles
05:57 Quote of the Week: Graham Greene
06:16 Closing Credits

Resources and References

On the elements: Web Elements Periodic Table

Quote: Graham Greene, Travels with My Aunt (New York: Viking Press, 1969) p. 244.


Our theme music is composed by Dave Kaufman. Additional music was provided from the Podsafe Music Network. This week’s show ID music is North Pole Medley, by The Fabrications. The music for the quotation is Bell Carol Blue, by Jimmie Bratcher.

“Bubbly 3″ photo from stock.xchng, uploaded by ngould.


Posted In: Society

comments powered by Disqus

By posting your comment, you agree to abide by CHF’s Comment Policies.

The Museum at CHF

The Museum at CHF

Explore the fascinating history of chemistry and the role science plays in the modern world at our museum in Philadelphia.


Distillations Magazine
Support CHF and receive our award-winning quarterly magazine.

Join the Conversation

Distillations Blog logo
Our blog brings the stories of science and culture directly to you.