Google is commemorating the creator of the periodic table, Dmitri Mendeleev via a doodle.
This day in time happens to be the 182nd birthday of the Russian chemist, Dmitri Mendeleev. He happens to be the man who invented the periodic table of elements. We all remember our college days when we used to memorize the various chemical elements listed on this periodic table.
Mendeleev actually conceived this table in a dream. There were 56 elements in his time. He managed to arrange them in a clear-cut pattern.
As Google’s doodle shows it so well, Mendeleev’s periodic table allows the various elements to fall into their regular designated slots in accordance with their atomic masses and valencies.
Their combinations and relations with one another is the crux of the matter. Mendeleev was a wise man. He left spaces on his periodic table where as yet undiscovered elements could be added later on.
And even though many of his prognostications were not on target, the man cleared up a lot of space for chemistry to progress thanks to a systematic procedure that was set in tabular form.
The 118 elements today also have some of the recent newcomers among them. These include ununtrium, ununpentium, ununseptium and ununoctium.
The last bit of work on the doodle was done by the artist Robinson Wood. He showed Mendeleev shoving in the final blocks of the periodic table.
Mendeleev was born in Siberia, Russia. He graduated from a school in St Petersburg. Appointed as a professor, he was one of the best teachers of his time. He died from a bout of the flu in 1907.
Mendeleev was 72 years of age at the time of his demise. Mendeleev is also honored by having a crater on the moon that bears his surname. And the chemical element mendelevium is radioactive and also named after him.
The basic reason why Mendeleev’s version of the periodic table became so popular was that it virtually predicted the existence of as yet undiscovered elements such as germanium and gallium.
Also this gentleman was able to include so many more elements into his invention than anyone else. So pride of place goes to him alone. The periodic table of elements is a work of art in its perfection and purpose.
It may be scientific but it carries connotations of the mystic and artistic. As for the history of the Google doodle, it began in 1998 and has kept up with the times.
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Everything from the birthdays of the greatest inventors and discoverers all the way to such events as the moon landing and burning man festival are celebrated via the Google doodle.