Very short backstory: Chemist Dimitri Mendeleev presented his table, titled The Dependence Between the Properties of the Atomic Weights of the Elements to the Russian Chemical Society on this day in 1869. Â It arranged elements by their atomic mass and valences, introduced the idea of periodicity and even made predictions about properties of elements unknown at the time, but discovered later.Â
Skepchick point of interest: Â Later in his career, Mendeleev was the man in charge of developing state standards for vodka. Â He determined, using molecular weights, that Russia vodka should be 40% alcohol by volume, which is still the standard today.
Not-so-Skepchick?: Â Yeah, not today. Â I thought I might post about how some folks think the elements “influence” our “energies” but the periodic table is better than that. Â It’s not been overly bastardized or co-opted by wooishness, and I’m not going to make a case for doing so. Â Instead, I’ll just remind you all howÂ beautiful,Â literal,Â andÂ coolÂ it can be.Â