The Periodic Table As Underground Map
The periodic table is really a wonderful thing. So simple, yet so dense with information. At the moment it was thought up by Dmitri Mendeleev in 1869, even though a majority of the elements that we know of today hadn’t been discovered, their place was already set at (or rather on) the table. The arrangement of periods and groups immediately relates like with like, and illustrates atomic differences in a simple table.
But it doesn’t illustrate all the relationships, which is why many alternative periodic tables have been proposed. Mark Lorch’s periodic table Underground map is the latest artistic entry into that category.
New relationships come to light: Life depends mostly on the downtown turquoise line, and there’s a new connector train between the metals mercury and gallium, thanks to their liquid properties at certain temperatures.
The design studio Dorothy have put together a periodic table of humanities virtues and vices. I’ve only got the bad ones here, but it’s nice to note that there are good ones still available.
Two rows at the bottom of the table include selflessness, activism and honesty. They make up the rare earth and radioactive elements, but it’s nice to know they’re still there.
This is another great piece of work by the folks at Dorothy. My only criticism is that things like war, racism, sexism and torture should be moved to the halogen group, because they’re the most devastatingly reactive of the whole bunch.
AsapSCIENCE wins the internet with their new periodic table song.
The Periodic Table of Star Wars, Episodes IV, V and VI
While they don’t claim to have every character in the original trilogy, they do have the major ones.
The first thing we had to think about when designing this new table of elements was the data that was to be contained on the tile. Naturally, there is the Element ID and name but what else could we include. Working through some thumbnails, we settled on the cast order, episode number and the actor’s initials.
When working through the first drafts, it was starting to look good, but wasn’t entirely what the original concept we had hoped for delivering. After much research, we were able to find one of the alphabets used in the films, Arabesh, and decided to use that for some of the ancillary data on the tile.
The coloring of the elements comes from variations on Luke and Darth Vader’s light sabers.
FJP: Be still, our nerd hearts.
I love this idea, but Darth Vader as a noble gas? He’s far too reactive.
The world’s smallest periodic table, printed on a human hair.
Which human hair? The very special human hair of Martyn Poliakoff, Q-tip coiffured star of Periodic Videos on YouTube.