Episode 45: Making Modernity   

Horiba Gallery Opening Image courtesy of CHF Collections

The opening of the Horiba Gallery at the Chemical Heritage Museum. Image courtesy of CHF Collections


This week we celebrate the opening of the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s new museum! First, we take a look at the periodic table as a whole and how it came to be recognized in its current form. Be sure to check out the YouTube video above, which showcases just one of the many videos on the elements available for viewing in CHF’s museum. Then we learn about the Technicon Autoanalyzer, an instrument that may have helped bring about the second scientific revolution. Finally, CHF curator Erin McLeary takes us on a tour of the permanent exhibit in the museum, Making Modernity. Element of the Week: The Periodic Table.

Show Clock

00:00 Opening Credits
00:31 Introduction
01:04 Element of the Week: The Periodic Table
03:06 Tools of the Trade: Technicon Autoanalyzer
06:13 Tour of new Making Modernity exhibit
11:18 Closing Credits

Resources and References

For more on the periodic table, check out
Go here to find out more about CHF’s museum and collections.


Special thanks go to Erin McLeary for researching the show.

Our theme music is composed by Dave Kaufman. Additional music from the PodSafe Music Network. Additional music is “Sleeping,” by cd and “Big Green Coffee Cup,” by The Dave Morford Hostage Crisis. Also, “The Elements,” by Tom Lehrer, from the Internet Archive.

Bromine video (c) 2008 Theodore Gray & RGB Research,

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