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Philos Trans A Math Phys Eng Sci. 2015 Mar 13;373(2037). pii: 20140211. doi: 10.1098/rsta.2014.0211.

The periodic table: icon and inspiration.

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School of Chemistry, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK
School of Chemistry, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK.


To start this discussion meeting on the new chemistry of the elements held on 12 May 2014, Martyn Poliakoff, Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society, was invited to give the opening remarks. As a chemist and a presenter of the popular online video channel 'The periodic table of videos', Martyn communicates his personal and professional interest in the elements to the public, who in turn use these videos both as an educational resource and for entertainment purposes. Ever since Mendeleev's first ideas for the periodic table were published in 1869, the table has continued to grow as new elements have been discovered, and it serves as both icon and inspiration; its form is now so well established that it is recognized the world over as a symbol for science. This paper highlights but a few of the varied forms that the table can take, such as an infographic, which can convey the shortage of certain elements with great impact.


Periodic Videos; YouTube; endangered elements; superheavy elements


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