Wednesday, July 20, 2005

New Periodic Table with Ties to Astronomy

Is it time to revamp the periodic table?

Oxford ecologist Philip Stewart has designed a new periodic table of the elements, and it's a hit. American schools are placing orders daily for Stewart's table, and the Royal Society of Chemists recently sent a copy to every British secondary school. Stewart's is the only remake to achieve widespread adoption since Dmitri Mendeleev invented the original periodic table in a fit of brilliance in 1869.

Take a look at the slide show. Around slide 6 is the new periodic table. It is a spiral that is overlayed on top of a galaxy to show the intimiate connection between chemistry and astronomy. Isn't that fun?

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