It’s been a while since we’ve discovered a cool thing related to the Periodic Table. I think Theo Gray’s awesome periodic table is the most recent I’ve written on the topic, but today brought about a new discovery: a book by Bunpei Yorifuji, a Japanese artist who seems to have a fascination with chemistry as well.
His book is titled “Wonderful Life with the Elements: The Periodic Table Personified,” and it really does a cool job of personifying the elements – a perfect tool for students who may have a preconceived aversion to the Periodic Table, which can understandably be intimidating to some.
“Wonderful Life with the Elements” is basically an illustrated guide that is aimed to make the task of becoming familiar with the elements a little friendlier. What the Japanese artist did was to assign a cartoonized character to each element. Even better, he has assigned physical traits to each character according to the properties of the corresponding element.
For example, “heavy elements are fat, man-made elements are robots, and noble gases sport impressive afros. Every detail is significant, from the length of an element’s beard to the clothes on its back. You’ll also learn about each element’s discovery, its common uses, and other vital stats like whether it floats—or explodes—in water.”
Here’s an example of an element personified: He.
I don’t know about you, but I love books that come with posters. I usually end up not putting the posters up, but the mere thought of having them is delightful. Wonderful Life with the Elements comes with a poster which serves as a quick guide to all the elements.
Even if you have passed all the Chemistry courses you are ever going to take, you might still want to have this book for fun’s sake. It’s available on Amazon for $10.65 for the hardcover. io9 says there’s an ebook version as well.