Mysteries of the Elements

  • 1526

    Paracelsus a Physician and Alchemist

    Paracelsus a Physician and Alchemist
    Paracelsus mixed medicine with Alchemy, he saved the leg of a famous printer Forbenius: Paracelsus created what was at the time called potions/remedies. Paracelsus then states there are three elements that make up the world : Salt Sulfur and Mercury
  • Alchemist Try

    Alchemist Try
    During this time Alchemists begin to penetrate substances in order to turn base metals into gold.
  • Robert Boyle

    Robert Boyle
    Wrote The skeptical Chemist- a founder of the Royal Society- a transition from Alchemy to Chemistry this is considered the first book of chemistry.
  • Robert Boyle

    Robert Boyle
    Robert Boyle witnessed the power of Potassium, and wanted to learn more about the properties, he then created Fire on demand a Match.
  • Johann Becker

    Johann Becker
    Johann Becker proposed that fire was caused by ethereal entity named phlogiston odorless, colorless, tasteless, and weightless substance that reduces them to their natural form.
  • Hennig Brant

    Hennig Brant
    Hennig Brant- wanted to discover that the bodies contain gold, he thought it was in urine, by trying to prove his hypothesis he actually discovered Phosphorus a new element at the time. Originally called Icy Knock Toluca cold night light.
  • Henry Cavendish

    Henry Cavendish
    Cavendish observation went against Greek believes of the ancient 4 elements. Water was believed to be an element (water is now known to be compound) Henry Cavendish made a vital contribution to the discovery of the elements. First, to the elements that are gas, then he discovered flammable air, he isolated hydrogen but did not get to witness its full potential nor recognized during his life time as the person who discovered it.
  • Airs

    During this time 3 known airs are believed to be air we breathe, Inflammable air and fixed air (carbon dioxide)
  • Joseph Priestley

    Joseph Priestley
    Joseph Priestley invented the first fizzy drink, he also became the first payed chemist, he performed one of the most important experiments in chemical history he used Mercury Calx mercuric oxide then filled it with mercury producing a gas (Oxygen) he did not know it was oxygen.
  • Antoine Lavoisier

    Antoine Lavoisier
    Priestly and Lord Sheldon went to Paris they met Antoine Lavoisier, Antoine learned about Priestley’s experiment redid the experiment backwards and realized that the new element was oxygen giving it its name and freeing chemistry of Phlogiston.
  • Priestly

    An angry mob burns down Priestly home causing him to flee to America.
  • Lavoiser the Father of chemistry

    Lavoiser the Father of chemistry
    Lavoisier was executed he was found guilty of conspiring against the people of France. Lavoisier was the first scientist to define what an element was, he created a list of elements and divided them into 4 groups gases, nonmetal, metals, and earths, it was not completely correct but a big step forward. He also changed the elements names to become more universal.
  • Maverick Cornish Chemist Humphry Davy

    Maverick Cornish Chemist Humphry Davy
    Discovered Vivid Violent Potassium
  • Maverick

    Maverick passes away at 50 but not before adding 6 more elements. It is believed he passes a way due the the hazardous effects of dealing with these chemicals.
  • Hindenburg

    Hindenburg Zeppelin Airship incident where 36 people were killed due to hydrogen being highly flammable.
  • Hennig Brant

    Hennig Brant
    Phosphorus was used in the bombs dropped on Hamburg the same city where Hennig Brant made his discovery of Phosphorus.