0. Everything The Light Touches

In this episode, learn how Dmitri Mendeleev overcame a difficult childhood to become known as the Father of the Periodic Table.

It may be helpful to have a periodic table to reference while listening to this show. In my opinion, the most useful one on the internet is freely available at PTable.com.

I also promised to include a few examples of non-traditional periodic tables. Click any of the below to view at a larger size:

Theodore Benfey’s atomic spiral. CCA-SA by dePiep
Mendeleev’s Flower. CCA-SA, by Тимохова Ольга
This has color coded 3D cut-away views of the spherical Schroedinger electron probability densities (making it 4D with 3D objects). CCA-SA by Jgmoxness.

One of Mendeleev’s original tables is at the top of this page, and hundreds more are available at meta-synthesis.com.

If you have any questions, thoughts, or anything you’d like to see in future episodes, leave a comment below!


  1. The microchip: history-computer.com
  2. The jet engine: Fox News, Coincidence? The 9 Craziest Cases of Simultaneous Invention
  3. The television: Safari Books Online, The Challenge of Simultaneous Invention
  4. Information on John Newlands from PeriodicTableDay.org
  5. De Chancourtois’ Telluric Screw, from dataphys.org
  6. Information on Lothar Meyer from ChemHeritage.org
  7. The Robinson Library: Dmitri Mendeleev, Creator of the Periodic Table
  8. Khan Academy: Dmitri Mendeleev
  9. Dmitriy Mendeleev: A Short CV, and A Story of Life. Eugene V. Babaev, Moscow State University.
  10. Slate: Blogging the Periodic Table – Gallium: It Proved That Dmitri Mendeleev, Father of the Periodic Table, Wasn’t A Crackpot. Sam Kean, July 20, 2010

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