February 1, 2016

The creation of the periodic table

Mendeleyev and the Periodic Table
by Katherine White

Every day, students use the periodic table in chemistry class. But do they ever stop to think who created the table in the first place? This textbook may not have an inviting cover, but the story within is surprisingly interesting. Dmitry Mendeleyev was a young Russian chemist who literally dreamed up a way to organize the elements - the periodic table. He even predicted that new elements were yet to be discovered and left room in the table for them! Since he created the table in 1869, this was truly remarkable.

Written in a lively, concise style, this would be a good book to have in school or classroom libraries.

For ages 9 and up.

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