A Great Periodic Table in the Process of
Now Being Recognized as a Model of the Element System Itself

3D FOREVER PERIODIC TABLE rotation video option
CLICK PIC TO ROTATE & MANIPULATE - page back to return.

Here is the reasoning!

Look, you're pretty savvy about science, right?
You've likely been in Chemistry classrooms... more than once!
You've seen element data presented in many formats - mostly tables, but also in lists by different properties, discovery dates, country first found, etc. ad infinitum.
You may have questioned certain of the conclusions represented in tables and their alternatives to them, but, like most, have taken the source for granted: the Chemical Element System, "a regularly interacting or interdependent group of items forming a unified whole".
For the atoms and elements, the 'items' are all the matter/ energy there is! Even before identification of each of the 92, they were systematically arranged by humans and placed on lists, models, and tables.

The word 'table' means "a systematic arrangement of data usually in rows and columns for ready reference".

While Mendeleev originally thought of his work as a system, it was then recognized as fitting the table description, and the current row and column element charts generally include 'table' in their name or title.

For education and wider understanding of the importance relative position of elements making up the referenced system, they need to be placed in a more understandable and usable form, a table, retaining their actual natural relationships to the degree possible while constricted to rows and columns on a flat surface.

Science, however, while questioning all else, seems to have skipped recognizing that first step; Reality to System, and often conflates it with the second step; System to Table. But accuracy is a must for communicating a
scientific system of classification certainly one as important as one defining all the matter that exists!

Element data in this system can be portrayed accurately only if unrestricted by the 'table' format, obeying both parts of Mendeleev's Periodic Law: the first; "
...when the elements are arranged in order ", and then the second; " ...certain sets of properties recur periodically ", without breaking the first factor.

- - - - - - - - - - - -

Reader, it is clear that those depictions matching the above description are the only models deserving of the title Chemical Element System. As in the system models of Alexandre Émile de Chancourtois (first PERIODIC arrangement,1862), Lothar Meyer, Charles Janet, M. Courtines, George Gamov, Roy Alexander (myself) and others.

These system illustrations are not periodic table variations or alternatives - tables are more useful, like excellent worksheets - providing outstanding and diverse ways to actually learn and do chemistry - much as maps are the only way to effectively use the information found completely correctly oriented and related only on the World Globe, derived from another reality, the Earth.

...where questioning everything is a byword - have surprisingly failed to search for whatever the current Icon of Chemistry, Science, and, conceivably, Education, is referencing...
...and for a century or so,has failed to recognize that the independent source of systematized material/items that needed to be rowed and columned for convenience, clarity, and effective use, was not the tables themselves, but the scientific system of classification called the


3D FOREVER PERIODIC TABLE rotation video option
CLICK PIC TO ROTATE & MANIPULATE - page back to return.

4851 N. Washtenaw Ave., Chicago, IL 60645    773.271.0318
last update 3/7/17