Rutherford and Bohr

Given the hugely significant advances made by Ernest Rutherford and Niels Bohr in our understanding of the atom, they were obvious choices when it came to naming some of the more recently discovered elements. But the right to name these new elements was controversial and rooted in the Cold War. They remained without definitive namesContinue reading “Rutherford and Bohr”

Festival of Britain Periodic Table

To mark the anniversary of Mendeleev’s birth in 1834, here is a little postcard that sits on my desk. It is the Periodic Table mural created by Edgar Longman for the Festival of Britain in 1951. I find the spiral form fascinating, and love how all the women are wearing bobby socks! It was actuallyContinue reading “Festival of Britain Periodic Table”