Terra X with a new moderator from today – little tip: it’s about chemistry

© ZDF / Jens Koch

The ZDF science program Terra X is rejuvenating its appearance. After Dirk Steffens, Senta Berger and Harald Lesch, there will be a new voice behind the microphone from October. This German science journalist, whose roots lie in science slams and YouTube, is now accompanying viewers through the show.

“For many, chemistry is just a hated school subject that cannot be deselected quickly enough. At the same time, it explains to us this crazy, fascinating world in which we live,” says the doctor of chemistry and recently introduced Dr. Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim. That is why she explains the basics of this fascinating science in the three-part “Terra X” documentary “Wunderwelt Chemie” on Sunday, October 10th, 17th and 24th at 7.30pm.

On her journey through the history of chemistry, she meets the greats of research in bizarre scenes, such as Justus von Liebig or Antoine de Lavoisier – each portrayed by comedian Michael Kessler. The “Terra X” documentary series is the starting signal for the collaboration between ZDF and the science communicator Dr. Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim. All three films have been around since Monday in the ZDF media library available.

Terra X: moderator and chemist

In the first episode of Terra X “The Building Blocks of Nature” on Sunday at 7.30 p.m., the question is: What is the world made of? In ancient times, four elements were assumed – fire, water, earth and air. Many elements were only found after a chain of errors. Such as the discovery of oxygen by the French Antoine Laurent de Lavoisier. Today the periodic table lists 118 elements. It is nothing less than the order of the world, which is divided into columns and groups according to the nuclear charge and the chemical properties of the elements, developed by the Russian Dimitrij Ivanovich Mendeleev. At the end of the 19th century, a woman began to fill in the gaps in the periodic table for the first time: Marie Curie. She discovered the elements radium and polonium.

Science and legend

In the second episode Terra X “The Magic of Transformation”, Dr. Nguyen-Kim on Sunday (October 17th, 7.30 p.m.) on the outstanding achievements in applied chemistry and its consequences. Chemistry is also the art of creating completely new substances with the building blocks of this world. Thanks to it, elements and molecules can be brought together that would not even come together without laboratory technology. One of the greats who laid the foundations of modern applied chemistry was Justus von Liebig. His “show lectures” are legend.

The third episode “The Elements of Life” on October 24th at the same time is about the human body, which is a living laboratory. Because there is not a moment in which no chemical processes take place in it.

From October 24th, on Sundays at 10:15 p.m., Dr. Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim also featured six episodes of “Maithink X – The Show” on ZDFneo.

Those: ZDF © ZDF / Jens Koch


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