A couple of months ago I wrote a blog about different ways of presenting the periodic table (Click Here
to see that blog).
My interest was largely driven by a book called The Disappearing Spoon, in which the author – Sam Kean – walks us through the elements in the periodic table regaling us with tidbits of trivia and nuggets of knowledge and stories as to the people who discovered them and how they have affected us in terms of politics, art, war, and … all sorts of things (Click Here
to see my review of this book).
Later, I penned a column that included a bunch of Periodic Table images showing the elements in a human being as compared to the elements required to construct a modern integrated circuit (there are more elements in an integrated circuit – Click Here
to see this column).
Well, I was recently pointed toward an article about a periodic table of Contra [Dancing]. The creator of the table – April Blum – had seen other novelty periodic tables, and wondered if she could create one based on the terms the callers use during Contra dancing. The result is really clever (Click Here
to see the original article and Click Here
to see a full-size version of the table).
One thing I find really impressive about this is that there’s no cheating; April used the real chemical symbols and worked really hard to make everything come out.
The article also mentioned some other fun periodic tables, so I started bouncing around to see what was out there. The first one I ran across was The Periodic Table of Dessert
. However, although this looks pretty at a first glance, its creator basically made up his own chemical symbols to match his requirements.
There’s also a Periodic Table of Fruits and Nuts
, which seems a bit better in that it does use real chemical symbols, but it doesn’t seem to cover all of the elements (notably, the rare earths are missing). The same thing applies to this Periodic Table of Fish Lures and Flies
Just a minute – I have an idea – and I bet you’re thinking the same thing as me, which is “Could we create our own Periodic Table of Programmable Logic?”
If we do, we would want to make a really good job of it. Here’s a starting point table I created in Visio:
How about it? Can we come up with a programmable logic-related item for each of the chemical symbols for elements 1 through 111?
If you post your suggestions as comments, I will add them to a full up table. If (when) we finish our table, I’ll make it available as a PDF that anyone can download and print.
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