Mystery of Mass (Spec)
On today’s episode we look at the diverse history of mass spectrometry, starting with a single question: exactly what is it?
Mass spectrometry: what is it and how does it work? Many of us have heard of this practice, but even experts have a hard time explaining what it means. First we take a look at these everyday applications, from infant genetic testing to the development of the atomic bomb. Then we reach into our oral history vaults to learn more about the development of mass spec in the words of one of its pioneering scientists.
00:00 Opening Credits
01:12 What is Mass Spec?
04:22 Oral History: Alfred Nier
12:18 Closing Credits
Special thanks to Sarah Hunter-Lascoskie for researching this show.
Image from the Bendix Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry Collection, CHF Collections.