The genius of Mendeleev's periodic table – Lou Serico



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The elements had been listed and carefully arranged before Dmitri Mendeleev. They had even been organized by similar properties before. So why is Mendeelev’s periodic table the one that has endured? Lou Serico explains via eka-aluminum, an element whose existence Mendeelev predicted years before it was discovered.

Lesson by Lou Serico, animation by TED-Ed.

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25 thoughts on “The genius of Mendeleev's periodic table – Lou Serico

  1. The interesting thing is that Mendeleev discovered the Periodic Table, but didn't invent it; none of us did. Every element in existence already fit perfectly together in a massively complex 3-4 dimensional puzzle. Humans found something that was already intricately and amazingly designed by God.

  2. For those wondering why Mendeleev choose sanskrit numbers like Eka ,Dvi ,Tri as prefixes for some elements, Wikipedia states that he heard from his friend Otto Von Böhtlingk , who was writing a book about the Sanskrit grammarian Panini,who had also similarly arranged the Sanskrit alphabets by their phonetic properties ; hence the reference

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