Monday, September 15, 2008

The Periodic Table of Videos

While we're waiting for Snabby tell us about Seaside, I thought you all might find this interesting.

I read about this project a couple of weeks ago and shared it with the Chemistry department and those that wrote back, loved it. My favorite person is by far Professor Martyn Poliakoff, although all the people involved are very good. I'm slowly working my way through the table and learning something each time I watch one. Here's the introductory video:

If you liked that, mayble you'll also like this version of the Periodic Table


Arkonbey said...

I actually found myself wondering if it was a put-on. That HAIR! I mean, if you were going to cast someone for the role of eccentric chemistry professor, he's it!

I still prefer the classics:

ladybug said...

Arkonbey-Yea! The HAIR! It's too funny, that alone makes it worth watching!

Thanks Info Geek!

Don Snabulus said...

Hey, reader Overdroid is composing songs for the periodic table. My favorite is the Carbon Song but they are all fun.

I also have the ReadyMade magazine Periodic Table of Tools somewhere...I think at work.

Also, in a probably futile attempt to turn the MiniSnab into a nerd, I passed on a wallet-sized periodic table that sat (mostly unused) in my wallet for over 20 years to help her with chemistry class.

Needless to say, I enjoyed the video.

The Moody Minstrel said...

At first the term "periodic table" brought a flood of slimy memories and a Pavlovian shudder response, but that was an entertaining video!

Yep, the hair definitely does it. That and the periodic table of vegetables.

Unnerving how the merest proton count
Unites a substance or sets it apart
Just as with money; having X amount
Seals our identity, not how dumb or smart.
So can you be a noble gas?
Good earthly metal, get some class!

Dean Wormer said...

I'm partial to Overdroid's hydrogen song.

Pandabonium said...

Tom Lehrer's song is a long time favorite of mine.

Physics humor... I'm out of chemistry humor at the moment - hey, that happens periodically...

A Neutron walks into a bar and asks the price of a drink.
"For you no charge," responds the bartender.

Lady physicist to male admirer: do my bosons give you a hadron?

2 Protons walk into a black hole.

Anonymous said...

That guy looks like Sam Jaffe as Prof. Barnhardt in "The Day the Earth Stood Still" (1951).

As Sherlock used to say, "elementary, Watson."

Arkonbey said...
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Arkonbey said...

Damn. I tried to do a visual chemistry-based joke, but Blogger didn't accept my tabs and spaces.

Oh, well. Here's a physics joke for Panda: Two atoms are walking down the street. One says "Oh! I think I just lost an electron" The other asks "are you sure" and the first replies "Yes. I'm positive!"

Pandabonium said...

Arkonbey - so the other atom says, "then I'd better keep an ion you"...

The Moody Minstrel said...

What did the neutron say to the electron?

"Stop being so negative!"

Many scientists are saying that all particles are really "strings" vibrating in space-time. Others say that quarks, the fundamental building block of all bosons, come in various "flavors".

So is physics able to quantify why some things are music to my ears while others leave a bad taste in my mouth?