Primo Levi was born 100 years ago today (31st July 1919). He was an Italian Jewish chemist, writer and Holocaust survivor. He wrote If This Is a Man (1947) and The Truce (1963) about his time in Auschwitz and his journey home. The Periodic Table (1975) is a collection of autobiographical short stories. Each story… Read more Primo Levi
Continuing our celebration of the International Year of the Periodic Table, here are some alternative versions on Wikipedia: See also There’s More Than One Periodic Table, plus the external links at the end of the Wikipedia article.
In the International Year of the Periodic Table here is a warning about element scarcity from the European Chemical Society: The smartphone you may be using right now to look at this unique Periodic Table is made up of some 30 elements – over half of which may give cause for concern in the years… Read more Element scarcity periodic table
The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures are popular science talks given around Christmas each year. The first one was in 1825. They were started by the scientist Michael Faraday. They have been televised since 1936. You can watch the more recent lectures online: for example, Carl Sagan’s six lectures on the planets (1977) and last year’s… Read more Royal Institution Christmas Lectures
The Royal Society of Chemistry website has a careers section called A Future in Chemistry. A chemist could: discover new medicines protect the environment invent products and materials solve crime using forensic analysis teach chemistry (if all else fails) besides some evil things that the website doesn’t mention. There is lots of advice about jobs, study… Read more A Future in Chemistry
The Royal Society of Chemistry website has four periodic tables, with links to detailed information on each element. The main table has standard information about the various elements, plus their supply risk. A history table shows when each element was discovered and who by, and the origin of its name. An alchemy table shows 16… Read more Periodic tables
150 years ago Dmitri Mendeleev published his periodic table of the elements. To commemorate this, UNESCO has declared 2019 the International Year of the Periodic Table. So how well do you know the periodic table? See if you can do these two quizzes. Open quiz in new window
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