Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Periodic Table of Videos

Chemists at the University of Nottingham have created a version of the periodic table with a short movie clip detailing some of the unique properties of each element. It sounds pretty dry, but the clips are actually really entertaining as they are chock full of geeky science humor. Each clip combines a description of the element as well as an (often explosive) demonstration of its chemical properties.

Here is a trailer made to give people a feel for the project.

This is the clip for sodium. In it, sodium is reacted with water (twice!) and sodium is described as motherly.

The project's website contains links to all of the videos as well as biographies of all the chemists involved. Check it out.

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