2020 minus 14: Periodically

Posted: 18 December 2019 in 2020 minus
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I’m a huge fan of the Periodic Table.

I’m sure that’s a great comfort to it, as it just celebrated its 150th birthday.

But yes; both in terms of design and functionality, I like it. Its easy to understand, easy to refer to, and just looks… right. And very time I see a notebook with a copy of the table on the cover, just for a moment, just for a moment, I’m tempted to buy it.

I’m sure I knew about its creation when I studied chemistry at O-level (back in the Stone Age, you understand, when GCSEs were called O-levels) but I only really started t appreciate its history and creation when first I came across Bill Bryson’s A Short History Of Nearly Everything, and then a number of BBC FOUR programmes delving into the elements and the table itself.

It’s a fascinating story… which I’m not about to relate to you today. Go look up the astonishing story of Dmitri Mendeleev, and wonder.

You know what I’m talking about, though, yes?


At its simplest:

A more detailed, and more useful, version would be something like…

And something inbetween, which is what I suspect most people think of when they think of the Periodic Table, is something like:

I stress that: what most people think of.

Because – and I have no idea for how long this has been occurring, but for as long as I’ve been online certainly, some people don’t think of the Periodic Table as being for elements. Or at least not only for elements.

Here for example, created by Emil Johansson is the The Periodic Table of Middle Earth Characters

Here, by James Harris is The Periodic Table of Storytelling (Click on the link for a fully linked table)

From Phil Huber (Chief Investment Officer for Huber Financial Advisors) comes The Period Table of Investments

This next one genuinely amuses me, I’ll admit. From Never Settle, The Periodic Table of Dating

Then there are the… ‘let’s jump on the bandwagon’ type. That’s not meant as pejoratively as it sounds. It’s just they’re… I dunno. They don’t work quite as well for me.

Like this one: The Periodic Table of iPad Apps.

OK, to end today with, you knew it was coming. Come on, you knew it, didn’t you?

To start with… yes, to start with.

Tom Lehrer. Told you that you knew it was coming, didn’t I?

Of course, there have been new elements discovered since then… so here’s Helen Arney with an update.

Oh, and just to reward you for sticking with it, here’s Daniel Radcliffe. Yes, that Daniel Radcliffe.

There are some very good apps about the Periodic Table, in various app stores., both free and expensive. On iOS, for basic information and such, I quite like the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Periodic Table app. But the best around, though it’s expensive, is the latest version of Elements by Theodore Gray. Glorious multi-media app, but it’s almost a tenner. I had an earlier version and loved it.
See you tomorrow with something… else.

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