Wondering how the elements got their names - or didn't get their names? Here's a table showing some of the names that were proposed and rejected, with explanations. (thanks, Mike).


It seems impossible, but we might "use up" some of the elements soon! Here's a Table (thanks, Bill & Mike) showing which ones are likely to run out soon.


Here are some more Periodic Tables, sent to us by Carolyn:

This one shows the structure of the elements rather than their name, number, etc.

Here’s a video about how the elements are formed from stars.
**Scroll down almost to the bottom of this Resources page to see a Periodic Table showing which elements come from which astronomical process.


Also from Carolyn, Periodic Table of the Elements soaps!!!

So far they have 35 elements, and are planning to add more. All 35 are on amazon, but the price is a little higher to make up for amazon fees. Soon they'll all be on the justbubbly website.

I think they are just a wee bit too big to fit in the Periodic Table boxes without a little surgery, but I haven’t tried it yet. A little snug, but they fit!

Just the thing to go with your Periodic Table of the Elements shower curtain!


And from Bob/tellurium: Have you wondered why Mendeleyev didn’t get a Nobel Prize for finally fitting together the Periodic Table? It was deemed too old and well known! Read about it here.

And while you're there at the National Geographic, check out this article about the man-made elements, especially if you've been curious about oganesson, the last one on the Table.


More poetry - haiku for every element! Click here. Click on the element, then "select all". Thanks to Barbara/osmium for passing this along.


Uses of the elements! An interactive table with words and pictures to show what each element is used for. Click here, and then on each element in the table to find out. Thanks, Betsy, for this.


Elements are everywhere! Click here to see if yours is in the list of elements contained in pink himalayan sea salt!


Shopping on amazon.com - Actual samples of many elements! Aprons and T-shirts with your element's symbol, etc., etc.


The NEW Periodic Table song, in order, by ASAP Science.
(with lyrics: New Periodic Table song)

This is newer than Tom Lehrer's 1959 classic but even so doesn't have all newest names.


Information from the Royal Society of Chemists on the Periodic Table of the Elements. This is excellent, an enormous amount of information. Click on the tabs across the top (History, Videos, etc.) and then on your element in the table.
Royal Society of Chemists, Periodic Table of the Elements

Go straight to the videos here.


Here is Elements, the Radiolab show on the Periodic Table of the Elements:
Elements

And here is an auxiliary podcast from Radiolab, with poems about the elements: Poems about the elements from Radiolab


A book of poems about the elements:
Chemical Poems - One on Each Element, by Mario Markus.


From Ray: The BBC series about the elements.



Here are a couple of interesting books about elements and the Periodic Table:

The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements, by Sam Kean.

Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood, by Oliver Sacks. Thanks to Ray for recommending this one. Click here for an excerpt.


An article on the abundance of elements, also sent to us by Ray.

**Especially, scroll down in this article or click here to see a Periodic Table of the Elements that shows where each element came from: Big Bang, Cosmic Rays, Large Stars, Small Stars, Super-novae, or Man-made.


Last but not least – and also from Ray – a Periodic Table of New York City Trash!