This Minimalist Periodic Table Turns Electrons into Art

Illustration for article titled This Minimalist Periodic Table Turns Electrons into Art

Nerds have been decorating with the periodic table forever, but let's face it: it's never looked good. This lovely minimalist interpretation does the impossible and actually makes it mesmerizing to behold, if just slightly less informative.

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Designed by Alison Haigh, the print is just barely a period table. Instead of numbers and letters, each element on this table gets one white dot for each of its electrons. That's it. Beautiful simplicity. Prints are available if you shoot the artist an email. Copernicium never looked so good. [Alison Haigh via Popular Science]

Illustration for article titled This Minimalist Periodic Table Turns Electrons into Art

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spaghetti335
spaghetti335

Forgive my not knowing the correct terms anymore, but when we used to draw out the electrons (for Lewis diagrams) you had to go around once, drawing each electron alone, and then go around a second time and pair them all up, and I really would have preferred to see it that way. A lot of the atoms feel unbalanced to me (especially the Nobel Gases) and it doesn't feel like the best representation of an electron configuration (even though it's more of a cloud, etc.). It's still very nice looking, but that point will always bother me about this. Even just evenly spreading the electrons around the circumference evenly would have been better, in my opinion.