Pop up - Periodic Table
THE HISTORY AND SIGNIFICANCE OF THE PERIODIC TABLE
A user-friendly guide for everyone
As the first three sessions of this pop up were oversubscribed, a re-run will be arranged in early spring 2020. Members on the wait list for the previous session are being given first refusal, but there will be spaces for a few additional members to attend.
2019 is the International Year of the Periodic Table. The Table is a great human intellectual achievement, and though most of us have heard of it, few really appreciate its significance.
This session, which will be led by Jeff Leigh, aims to explain how the idea of elements grew from the ancient-Greek-inspired elements, earth, air, fire and water to the currently recognised 118 elements.
No chemistry or prior knowledge will be required to take part in this session, and nobody will need to study chemistry in order to follow it. It is all common sense and an appreciation of the history of ideas. All you need is curiosity!
Starting with the identification of some of the real elements at the beginning of the 19th century, we will go on to explore various aspects, including:
• How elements came to be arranged in the order of atomic weights, and the discoveries that transpired from doing this.
• The continued development of the Table, covering questions such as:
o How did the table grow?
o Where do new elements come from?
o Who decides whether a new element has been prepared?
o How the names of new elements are selected?
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