Here’s a fun visualization from Jamie Gallagher, showing the Periodic Table of Elements over time, basically tracing the discovery of different elements over the last 300 years. I like the idea of using elements as time markers, and am considering replacing the phrase, “I am older than dirt,” with, “I am older than Seaborgium.”

David Crotty

David Crotty

David Crotty is the Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press. He serves on the Board of Directors for the STM Association, the Society for Scholarly Publishing and CHOR, Inc. David received his PhD in Genetics from Columbia University and did developmental neuroscience research at Caltech before moving from the bench to publishing.

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6 Thoughts on "300 Years of Element Discovery"

How fun. I wish I knew more about the history that pushed some of those leaps forward. Also worth noting that P’s 350th discovery anniversary is this year!

At one time I was involved in publishing the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics. We had a first edition in the office library and the periodic table was not only incorrect but contained only 12 elements. https://www.google.com/search?q=periodic+table+1919&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=5Yxvf7Yl11jqjM%253A%252CSDRD5NEmOLPjRM%252C_&usg=AI4_-kS8-fSo2iZsuJwhYUK_DcToByLDlQ&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjgts7VgubfAhVPLKwKHf5pCWAQ9QEwBXoECAMQDg#imgrc=5Yxvf7Yl11jqjM:

Yes Rob-Quantum computing! The program on Einstein’s equation was shared with reference to this group utilizing artificial intelligence and the process of quantum computation-it is incredibly amazing.

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