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ToSeek
2005-Jul-20, 06:52 PM
Elemental
Is it time to revamp the periodic table? (http://www.slate.com/id/2122919/)


Oxford ecologist Philip Stewart has designed a new periodic table of the elements, and it's a hit. American schools are placing orders daily for Stewart's table, and the Royal Society of Chemists recently sent a copy to every British secondary school. Stewart's is the only remake to achieve widespread adoption since Dmitri Mendeleev invented the original periodic table in a fit of brilliance in 1869.

01101001
2005-Jul-20, 07:06 PM
Elemental
Is it time to revamp the periodic table? (http://www.slate.com/id/2122919/)
I do wish Stewart's design would eliminate the meaningless galaxy image. It's just noise.

I've posted this before. A collection of periodic tables: Chemogenesis (http://www.meta-synthesis.com/webbook/35_pt/pt.html).

It points to another collection of Periodic Table Styles (http://chemlab.pc.maricopa.edu/periodic/styles.html).

pghnative
2005-Jul-20, 07:08 PM
I don't like it. To see some connections you have to follow arrows. The visual link from the grid pattern on the current chart to the filling of electron orbitals is gone.

It won't catch on.

ToSeek
2005-Jul-20, 07:23 PM
Elemental
Is it time to revamp the periodic table? (http://www.slate.com/id/2122919/)
I do wish Stewart's design would eliminate the meaningless galaxy image. It's just noise.


Someone on Slashdot made the same point, and I have to agree with them. Also, the circles representing the elements are made small just so the meaningless but pretty galaxy image isn't obscured. Not good visual design, but perhaps it would be possible to come up with another one that preserves the essence of the concept with a better presentation.

pghnative
2005-Jul-20, 07:26 PM
Elemental
Is it time to revamp the periodic table? (http://www.slate.com/id/2122919/)
I do wish Stewart's design would eliminate the meaningless galaxy image. It's just noise.


Someone on Slashdot made the same point, and I have to agree with them. Also, the circles representing the elements are made small just so the meaningless but pretty galaxy image isn't obscured. Not good visual design, but perhaps it would be possible to come up with another one that preserves the essence of the concept with a better presentation. Well that would be the next slide of the slideshow after the galaxy one, wouldn't it?

Eta C
2005-Jul-20, 08:23 PM
The galaxy image is what Edward Tufte (The Visual Display of Quantitative Information) would call chartjunk, namely a graphic element that distracts the viewer from what is really important in the graph or visualization. The old version of the spiral shown on the next slide of the show is superior to the "pretty picutre" in all ways, but I personally don't see it as superior to the traditional layout. Call me old-fashioned I guess. :wink:

publiusr
2005-Jul-20, 10:11 PM
You nailed it. More crud from the viewgraph/powerpoint generation.

The book The Periodic Kingdom shows a nice alternate 3D model that shows relationships better.

The superatoms/superchemistry genre may need a chart of its own one day.