Chemistry is also the art of using the building blocks of this world to create entirely new substances. Thanks to it, elements and molecules can be brought together that would not find each other at all without clever laboratory technology. One of the people who laid the foundations of modern applied chemistry was Justus von Liebig. He tinkered with fertilizers for agriculture, developed baby food and seasoning extracts. And he was one of the first to try to make chemistry understandable to a large audience. His “show lectures” are legendary. It banged, puffed and smoked so dramatically that students and celebrities of their time could hardly stop marveling.
In episode 2 of the series, Mai-Thi Nguyen-Kim reports on the outstanding achievements of applied chemistry and their consequences.
WRITER & DIRECTOR: Luise Wagner CAMERA & EDITOR: Jonas Sichert SOUND: Simone Hartmann COSTUME DESIGNER: Jutta Krämer MUSIC: Jens Hafemann COMMISSIONING EDITOR: Friederike Haedecke (ZDF), Judith Beyermann (ZDF), Peter Arens (ZDF)