Hydrogen - H1
Your single proton
Water. Life. Star fuel.
Helium - He2
Wait three minutes to enter.
Stay cool. Don't react.
Lithium - Li3
Lighter than water,
empower my phone, my car.
Or there's Yttrium - Y39
That is not a name.
That is a spelling error.
Or a Scrabble bluff.
You can contribute to the project on Twitter: #ChemHaiku. It's a great, creative, and fun undertaking!
But this got me thinking about some other periodic tables I've seen. So I've just gone and hunted down a few, both informative and fun—or downright silly. The titles provide links to greater explanations, where available.
The Periodic Table's Endangered Elements
Periodic Table Clock (video)
Thomas Gray's "Most Beautiful Periodic Table" (interactive)
Discoverers of the Elements by Nation
The Periodic Table of Sweeteners (interactive)
Periodic Table of Beer Styles (interactive)
Periodic Table of Dessert
Periodic Table of Typefaces
There are more "periodic tables": of Harry Potter, of cannabis, of rock bands, of horror movies, of social media, of tables, of sex, of giant robots and pretty big robots, of stuff stoners like. You get the idea. The sky's the limit.
Oliver Sacks's essay "My Periodic Table" from July 24, 2015, just a little over a month before he died. I will always miss Mr. Sacks. He was a bright light in this world, full of wisdom, humor, and love. I am happy that this hunt for periodic tables caused me to come across this essay again.