February 29th, 2012
Theo Gray’s Periodic-Table-Palooza
By Kent Harrington | Comments (0)
People who love Tom Lehrer's iconic song, The Elements, have started a cottage industry on YouTube visualizing the song's snappy melody. These artisanal videos range from a Sponge Bob mash-up
to a perfectly synced Sonic the Hedgehog
. The Big Bang Theory even worked the song into the show
. But one of the best is by Wolfram Research
co-founder and author, Theo Gray
. Watch it in the upper window.
Some people collect stamps or bobble-head dolls. Theo Gray collects elements. Just step into his office, and you'll see a silicon disc engraved with a portrait of Homer Simpson, a jar of mercury, depleted uranium shells and hundreds of other artifacts. But his real masterpiece is the world's first DIY "periodic table table." Within this artfully constructed wooden table-top lay samples of nearly every element – minus the radioactive and expensive ones – most of those are kept in a nearby safe. (See video
Alslo check out his beautiful interactive Periodic Table
, loaded with useful information. And don't miss the themed merchandise
. You can also watch a video advertising Theo's Element Book, which includes the same gorgeous photos and Element Song
video after his brief introduction.