Design For the Real World: The Periodic Table

Design For the Real World

Friday, April 01, 2011

The periodic table of the elements The periodic table of the elements (Armtuk/Wikimedia Commons)

For chemists, the periodic table of the elements is a hugely coveted piece of real estate. Writer Sam Kean explains the origins of the periodic table and its enduring brilliance. Produced by KJHK’s Becky Sullivan.

    Music Playlist
  1. The Elements
    Artist: Tom Lehrer
    Album: The Tom Lehrer Collection ( Disc 1)
    Label: Shout Factory!
    Purchase: Amazon
  2. Lesson 6: The Lecture
    Artist: Jurassic 5
    Album: Jurassic 5 Deluxe Edition
    Label: DECON INC
    Purchase: Amazon


Becky Sullivan

Comments [5]

samuel lee albert from CT

when in school, i thought it was useless. When I found a use for it and applied it, i became greatful. Thank you for you work. I see it now as an important document, a peer to the bill of rights, the magnacarta, the U.S. constitution, even martian luther's letters nailed to the church doors.

Nov. 07 2011 01:45 AM
Mary from Studio 360


Thanks for the comment! The music from the segment includes:

"The Elements"
Tom Lehrer
The Tom Lehrer Collection (CD/DVD) Disc 1
Shout Factory!
# ASIN: B0039TD73G

"Lesson 6: The Lecture"
Jurassic 5
Jurassic 5 Deluxe Edition [Explicit Lyrics, Extra tracks]
# ASIN: B001GAD802

Apr. 04 2011 10:23 AM
Roy Alexander from Chicago

I wonder if I am Stello's "old friend", and the Alexander Arrangement of Elements is the spiral periodic table he mentioned.
...pretty much the same sequence & scenario.

Apr. 04 2011 05:01 AM

A friend of mine designed a spiral periodic chart, some 30 years ago. He recently found that there are serious scientists using something similar to chart parallels in certain properties between various elements.

Apr. 03 2011 11:00 PM
Dermarhythmictillopathy from Virginia

Cool program. Please, what's the kooky tune near the end (4:37)? It reminds me of Herbie Hancock.

Apr. 02 2011 12:48 PM

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