Matter And The Molecular Theory (silent)

The film depicts various scenes from the 1970s involving industrial processes, scientific experiments, and microscopic observations. It begins with visuals of molten metal in a steel mill and transparent crystal formations in an industrial furnace. The film then shows a series of activities including grinding a metal cylinder, washing a chunk of rock, slicing and magnifying rock samples under a microscope.

The focus then shifts to extreme magnifications using atomic microscopy, with images of a mineral slice under the microscope and vibrating atoms. There are repeated sequences of magnified images and vibrating atoms. The film also includes scenes of dilution experiments, where a flask of green fluid is poured into ice water, creating a mixture of white and green dots.

Microscopic observations continue, with a drop of white liquid magnified on a slide and a black disc vibrating among small white dots. Other laboratory experiments are shown, involving heating water, simmering solutions in test tubes, and manipulating metal shapes under a clear dome. There are sequences of metal glowing under the dome and a metal vane turning with thermal heat.

The film also includes scenes of small white balls moving randomly and being restricted in their movement by containers. A syringe is shown plunging up and down, indicating some kind of experimentation or injection process. The film concludes with these final images of the small white balls and the syringe.

We digitized and uploaded this film from the A/V Geeks 16mm Archive. Email us at if you have questions about the footage and are interested in using it in your project.

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