Solving the Puzzle of the Periodic Table
All the elements of the periodic table are born from exploding stars. So how did we end up putting them into a table? How did the ancient Greeks’ idea of four elements turn into our 100+?
It involved solving several puzzles, some explosions, and some urine.
By Eric Rosado for TED-Ed.
I think I just fell head-over-heels in love (or at least “really strong like”) with Bunpei Yorifuji’s Wonderful Life With The Elements book. Each element becomes a character, giving a cartoonish face to their particular chemical properties. Sure, some aren’t wearing pants … but minerals do as minerals want (peek through the book preview if you don’t believe me).
Periods are divided by their odd haircut choices, and the age of the element since discovery via facial hair. Other physical and chemical characteristics are evident by attire and appearance. If you’re looking for an early Christmas present for your favorite science blogger, just go ahead and put it in the mail with my name on it.
Whatever element “cuteness” is made out of, well here it is at 99% purity. My heart is like the size of a beach ball right now.
“Borin, Gadolinny, Ninoby and Reedium” BAAHHHHH! :)
Source: Boing Boing
Inside, he has put samples of every element he can get his hands on (minus the super-dangerous ones). It’s like a chemistry lesson via interactive furniture. It also proves that you can pretty much buy anything on eBay, even a silicon disc with Homer Simpson on it.