The Periodic Table of elements, in pictures and words

Keith Enevoldsen:

This pictorial periodic table is colorful, fun, and packed with information. In addition to the element’s name, symbol, and atomic number, each element box has a drawing of one of the element’s main human uses or natural occurrences. The table is color-coded to show the chemical groupings. Small symbols pack in additional information: solid/liquid/gas, color of element, common in the human body, common in the earth’s crust, magnetic metals, noble metals, radioactive, and rare or never found in nature.

This is really cool. I used to know all of the elements (had to learn/memorize them in school) but we were never taught what some of them do, why they are important or how we use them. This illustration helps a lot.



  • I agree, very cool. Nice PDFs, they print well.

  • Mo

    I was fascinated by the periodic table in high-school chemistry. It brought order to an impossible collection. One of my teachers had us print out a photocopy of it, split the main table between group columns 3 and 4, and attach the bottom two rows to their placeholders. It got a bit wide.

  • DanielSw

    A much better (and animated) table is an iOS app: http://apps.theodoregray.com/the-elements/

  • David Stewart

    Videos of for each element with history and usage: http://www.periodicvideos.com/

  • 🎵 “These are the only ones of which the news has come to Harvard. There may be many others but they haven’t been discovered.” 🎵

  • Tom_P

    I think it’s strange that we (the universe) has plenty of Hydrogen (1) & Helium (2) but not much of Beryllium (4). Why is that?