“The Periodic Table of the Elements” by Louis Phillips

LOUIS PHILLIPS: “‘The Periodic Table of Elements’ represents great scientific achievements and its visual presentation is concise, imaginative, and useful. We have looked at the periodic table so many times in schools and in books that we have lost the ability to see it. I looked at it and asked the wonderful ‘what if ’ question that inspires so much literature and humor—what if a periodic table could be compiled for writers? That did not work out. So I tried the human imagination as applied to writing. But not being a graphic designer and having no computer expertise, I fell to cutting and pasting. It was, at least, therapeutic. I hope amusing. Perhaps some truth lurks among the various assignments of weights and values.”

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The Periodic Table of the Elements

from Rattle #29, Summer 2008
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