The Photographic Periodic Table of the Elements

We’ve been posting a variety of periodic tables lately, but none that actually had anything to do with the real periodic table. I found this version a few years back and thought it was an interesting variation, especially since it shows pictures of what the actual elements look like whenever possible. I tracked down the website, and they have a great interactive periodic table there, as well as lots of other interesting things that are element and periodic table related. Go check out The Photographic Periodic Table of the Elements and start clicking on things. You’ll be gone for hours.

  • tonyola

    Sort of interesting but incomplete – there are photographs of some of the missing-illustration elements:
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    Wikipedia has tons more information than this site, and they're not trying to push other products either.

  • The Professor

    Any chemistry book has more information Captain Obvious. I found the variety of objects in the various elements that he had acquired over the years quite interesting. Sorry if it wasn't up to your 'informational' standards
    And gee, what a bitch that he was selling something. Who's asking you to buy? Maybe if you sneer louder it will all go away.

  • B72

    Cool pics! Interesting to see these elements in their pure state, and read his ramblings on how hard that was to achieve.

    • The Professor

      Thanks, I thought everyone (well, almost everyone) would be interested in it. You don't often see many of those elements in a purified form, and the presentation makes it fun to browse around. That guy is a real eBay scrounger, isn't he?

  • OA5599

    I showed the linked website to my kid last night. He was unimpressed with my "discovery" as he pointed out that he already has the guy's calendar hanging on the wall.

    He wasn't aware, though, that Theodore Gray was also behind the 2002 IgNobel Prize-winning Periodic Table Table. That impressed him.
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    • mr. mzs zsm msz esq

      The aliasing of that carpet is mesmerizing.

      • GlassOnion9

        Yeah, it's making my head explode.

        • The Professor

          That effect always wants to make my eyes cross.

      • Do you see the ship?

    • The Professor

      Kids seem to have a knack for shooting you down just when you think you've found something that they'll like, don't they? It's amazing that so many survive their childhoods.

      • OA5599

        Had you written about the Periodic Table Table before? I couldn't remember where I had seen it and thought perhaps our resident woodworker might have featured it here someplace, but the search box suggests that isn't the case.

  • Aloynot

    Thanks for a light and entertaining post. I think any book subtitled "Expirements You Can Do At Home – But Probably Shouldn't" could be relevant to this groups' interests.

    • The Professor

      Oh, most definitely. I'm seriously thinking about doing a series on 'The Thermite Refining of Some Metals' once I have acquired enough firebrick to contain the mishaps.