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Meet a new periodic table, what do you think? I think the interactive application makes it really useful.

“The Periodic Spiral envisions a remedy to the flaws in conventional periodic tables by illustrating hydrogen’s ambiguous relationship to the noble gases and halogens while recognizing its relationship to the alkali metals; it also fully integrates the lanthanons and actinons into the design.

It has been described | as “logical and fresh” by reknowned astronomer and author Bob Berman; and serves as a design motif for the entry to a new $34.5 million science complex at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. Following two years of development, the concept has been realized as en e-learning application for Windows, Macintosh OS 9 and OS X.”

More:

  • Chart explained at the NYT – Link.
  • The Periodic Spiral – Link.

Related:

  • Periodic Table of keys – Link.
  • Interactive Periodic Table – Link.
  • The Wooden Periodic Table Table – Link.
  • Periodic Table of the Operators – Link.
  • The Periodic Table of Poetry – Link.
  • Limited edition MAKE: Pocket Refs are in – Link.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. Atharsia says:

    im still a bit partial to the table. left to right, top to bottom… just like we (latin and related derivitives) read everything else. Granted the spiral does a bit more for logical grouping, but as long as we continue to read the same way, a table will still be the most intuitive way to display the elements, imo… looks nice though, and if it gets pushed in schools it could become the standard.

  2. tomaco59 says:

    The table sort of works if you already know the periodic tabe. One problem is that the orientation of the columns keeps moving around. The numbers around the perimeter appear to also be used for keeping track of the columns, which have be renumbered. (Was there something wrong with the old column numbers?) The marking for column 3 is more ambiguous – it does not establish the orientation of the column.

    Another thing, there is a hole in the table! In Mendeleev’s table that would mean that you should look for a missing element! The undiscovered element properties were predicted from the properties of the surrounding elements.

    There are other periodic tables shapes at http://chemlab.pc.maricopa.edu/PERIODIC/styles.html

  3. sadie says:

    coolness

  4. Perfect Periodic table says:

    New discovery: Periodic table is just four slices of a Tetrahedron. Check it out: http://www.perfectperiodictable.com click on 3d Image. Cool!

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