Smart mobs of elements lining up in a video table
August 23rd, 2008

Over the ten years I have been reviewing webpages for learning subjects, I have expected that my capacity for “gee whiz” reaction would diminish. Not so. Even the most jaded critic would have to say “gee whiz” to the University of Nottingham’s The Periodic Table of Videos.

I remember back in the mid-1990s, periodic tables were a favorite project for the early webmasters for the obvious reason that the new interactive medium was a far more compelling way to present the elements than printing them on paper. On a webpage the table can be interactive, and each element can be made clickable to take the inquiring visitor to a specialized information for the element clicked. And now, with video practical and YouTube available, the periodic table has gone video, as described here by the folks at Nottingham:

Tables charting the chemical elements have been around since the 19th century – but this modern version has a short video about each one.

In the short time since launching this site, our videos have been watched more than 1.7 million times.

But we’re not finished yet. We’ve started updating all the videos with new stories, better samples and bigger experiments.

So once you’ve watched all 118 videos, make sure you come back and check on our progress. We still have a few surprises up our sleeves!

Together now: GEE WHIZ!

Via Wired Campus

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