Written By: Nitya Goel
As I thought about the science topics I am most fond of, the subject of chemistry came to mind. More specifically, my love for the periodic table. The periodic table has always fascinated me; from the time I completed a puzzle about it to the year when I decided to memorize it by heart, and finally to Grade 8 science class, where I learned how to use one properly. At first glance, the table does not seem very compelling. After all, it’s just a list of elements, right?
Where It All Started
When I was 12 years old, my brother showed me a song made by the channel AsapSCIENCE. This song listed all 118 elements of the periodic table in order. It greatly intrigued me, not only because it was catchy but also because it presented a comprehensive list of almost every substance in our known universe. I became very interested in its structure and what made it up. Although my love started as a pretty superficial understanding, I soon realized the amazing cumulation of scientific effort this table really is.
A Little Bit of History
Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev first created the periodic table in the year 1969. Until then, scientists had been struggling to classify the 63 discovered elements and arrange them in a way that made sense. Dmitri was the one to recognize that certain elements were missing from the list. He predicted that the current table was incomplete and inserted spots for missing elements. Mendeleev was able to predict the properties of certain elements before people even found them!
There has been a considerable amount of advancement since the time of Mendeleev. However, his rules and groundwork still make up the foundation of the periodic table we see today.
Why Is It Important?
The periodic table is an essential resource that students and accomplished scientists use daily. It’s an extremely convenient way for kids to observe how elements relate to each other. It also provides valuable insight into the properties of each element and the group it belongs in. Scientists use the information on the table extensively while conducting experiments and tests. In the future, it will help us predict new elements and their properties.
It’s Still Evolving
One of the coolest things about the periodic table is its continually evolving nature. Even after decades of scientific advancement, many consider the table to be incomplete. It is entirely possible that there are elements out there in the universe that are yet to be discovered. The idea of undiscovered elements is very inspiring to me. I hope that we continue to explore the world around us and the universe beyond. I am immensely excited to be a part of that one day.