Some people collect stamps. Wolfram Research co-founder and author Theo Gray collects elements. Step into his office, and you’ll see a silicon disc engraved with Homer Simpson, a jar of mercury, uranium shells and thousands of other chemical artifacts. But his real DIY masterpiece is the world’s first “periodic table table.” Within this masterfully constructed table-top lay samples of nearly every element known to man, minus the super-radioactive ones.

Theo Gray is 2011 winner of the ACS Grady Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public. The Periodic Table Table is a testament to Theo’s love for chemistry — as well as his Ebay buying habits — and is full of fascinating stories. Come see for yourself in the latest episode of Bytesize Science.

Category: Science, Weekend

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4 Responses to “The Periodic Table Table”

  1. Simon says:

    Clearly you don’t have to have a “fun” persona to have lots and lots of fun.

  2. Harney says:

    The Cranbrook Kingwoods School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan has an interactive Periodic Table in a science lab and it is very cool.
    http://schools.cranbrook.edu/podium/default.aspx?t=204&tn=Chemistry+Department+Welcomes+Interactive+Periodic+Table&nid=482355&ptid=110057&sdb=True&pf=pgrw&mode=0&vcm=False&rc=0

  3. Harney says:

    Periodic Table desgins if you want one for your house/office:
    http://www.element-collection.com/index.html

    Hat tip to Cranbrook Kingswood

  4. Very cool!

    Anyone here remember Mr. Wizard from TV in the 50′s? … (I’m 62)

    Our culture used to promote a much greater interest in science…

    Maybe its a stretch, but has corporate advertising and political marketing which both now focus on ‘lizard-brain’ rather than logical appeal (the utility of which, ironically, is scientifically proven)…

    Brought us a more juvenile culture than we once had?

    Compare the quality of debate in an Eisenhower v. Stevenson or Kennedy v. Nixon contest against what we’ve now have…

    And the cultural shift from the Science Fiction of an Asimov or Clark to the fantasy of a Rowling… and ridiculous shows focusing on ghosts, etc.

    Maybe a stretch. Just an observation.