I have a fascination with the periodic table. I’ve blogged about it A LOT. Here are just a few examples:
- Redecorating? Consider A Periodic Table Table
- Lights, Camera, Periodic Table Of Elements And Action
- Summer Reading Takes Aim At The Periodic Table
- 100 Things To Ponder About The Periodic Table
- Visual Periodic Table Features Fun Elements
And guess what? This post will be added to the list and I know it won’t be the last. Especially when other media outlets find the table as interesting as I do.
Indeed, a recent article in The Guardian details the unearthing of one of the oldest surviving wall charts. It was found in Scotland. According to the article, “The chart was found during a clean-out at the University of St Andrews in 2014 and appears to date from 1885 – 16 years after the Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev published his method of showing the relationships between the elements in 1869.”
I think my fascination with the table began in the 11th grade. One of my favorite teachers, Mr. Venefra, had the chart proudly displayed in his classroom and I can still picture his animated lectures in front of it. He’d get red-faced when he got really excited -- or really mad. But he always had the same goal: To make his students appreciate chemistry. I wrote about him in another blog, in case you’re interested: Did Big Hair Put A Hole In The Ozone Layer? (Added bonus: You get to see my senior picture with hair so high it made me 4 inches taller).
And be sure to also jump over to The Guardian article to read the full account of the 134-year-old discovery.
Traci Purdum is Chemical Processing’s senior digital editor. If she could, she would wallpaper an entire room in her house with various periodic tables. You can email her your chemistry-related decorating tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.