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This week we celebrate the opening of our new museum!

Episode 45 | October 17, 2008

Episode 45: Making Modernity by Distillations Podcast

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.

Resources and References

For more on the periodic table, check out

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,