An exciting time for chemistry
Two new elements, flerovium and livermoreium, also known as
Lv, and formerly known by the much blander names of
ununhexium, have been approved for entry into the Periodic Table of the Elements!
In honor of the event, I assembled a minor gallery of favorite periodic tables.
The children’s Periodic Table on the U.S. EIA site provides the basics. Better yet, it links to the Los Alamos National Lab (LANL) Periodic Table, which is just as impressive and complete as I would expect.
While viewing, consider a recent post by senior LANL employee David Hobart, Actinide Analytical Chemistry, History of the periodic table…and my history with it, which was charming, as well as educational.
There is an “evolution of the table” section, facts about the table’s inventor, Dmitri Mendeleev, born 175 years ago, and this:
As the legendary physicist Richard Feynman put it, “If some universal catastrophe was to engulf the world and humankind could retain only one scientific concept to rebuild civilization, what would it be? The chemist’s answer is almost invariably the Periodic Table of the Elements.“