Monday, November 19, 2007

Periodic Pr0n

Is there anything more regal or stately in the scientific community than the periodic table of the elements? If there is, I haven't found it.

Befitting the order and harmony found in the Mendeleev depiction of the periodic relationship of the elements, Theodore Gray has build a fine wood periodic table table. Each entry in the table has a small name plate in a specific kind of wood. The noble Gases are defined by the noble hard maple, the transition metals in white oak, rare earths in red oak. The uniqueness of Hydrogen captured in Gabon ebony.

Under each plate is a small sample of each element in as many states as can be mustered. Flakes of metals, tubes of gas, and atomic collectibles all are represented in the physical table.

Pictured here is Tungsten or "Wolfram." Both words are cool, and given its high melting point it is my favourite element.

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