Ordering the elements

@article{Gordin2019OrderingTE,
  title={Ordering the elements},
  author={Michael D. Gordin},
  journal={Science},
  year={2019},
  volume={363},
  pages={471-473}
}
In 2019, even those with the most cursory of science educations can recognize the standard image of the periodic table. Its contours are broadly familiar: a thin peak on the left separated from a broader plateau on the right by a valley of boxes, all floating on top of two rows of similar squares. With a little more training, the asymmetrical shape reveals itself as natural, the compact visual representation of a series of hard-won discoveries about the atomic structure hidden behind the… CONTINUE READING

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