This blog is supposed to give some "behind the scenes" insights about my videos.
So today I'm going to give away a little secret about our latest video - The World's Smallest Periodic Table.
First, here is the video itself:
I had the idea for the video a few weeks ago when filming a Sixty Symbols video which used the electron microscope.
During that video, we kept comparing everything to "the width of a human hair".
I guess it wasn't much of a creative leap to think of Professor Martyn Poliakoff's memorable hair and imagine etching a periodic table onto one of the strands.
So here's the little secret!
It was simply coincidence that the microscope was available (ie: not being used for real science) on The Professor's birthday - December 16.
So it was a last-minute decision to centre the video around the birthday.
And so far I feel a bit like the decision has backfired.
That's because most of our YouTube viewers seem more excited about wishing Martyn a happy birthday than commenting on our "world first periodic table (*)".
Serves me right for breaking my own golden rule, which I constantly repeat to the scientists: "A video should only be about ONE thing!"
PS: There is a bonus video of extra footage from the shoot... Here it is:
(*) We are speculating that our periodic table is the world's smallest simply because we've not seen or heard of one smaller. It's not a claim we've verified though and is simply meant to be a bit of fun!