Periodic Table of Videos: elements as short YouTube episodes.


24 Responses to “Periodic Table of Videos: elements as short YouTube episodes.”

  1. mmbb says:

    I got my hopes up when I saw that large chunk of sodium. Way to disappoint me. “Quite a substantial amount,” my ass!

  2. hohum says:

    Not as good as Look Around You with some awesome British folks.

    But, seriously… Fun video, and I expect the others will be as well. Will be following them… The disjointed edits bugged me though, I guess it’s the result of amateur editors stuck in the generation of “MTV editing.” The content was interesting enough without the awkward cuts between crystal-lamp-man and you-have-sodium-on-your-camera-man.

  3. jtegnell says:

    Is that guy Swedish? His accent is subtle.

  4. Kieran O'Neill says:

    #9: o.O that first one! Man, if only high school were like that…

    #10: Takuan, that’s one of the eeriest things I’ve seen in a long time. The soundtrack would make an awesome background to an industrial track. (Or the soundtrack to the next Doom game…)

  5. Nawel says:

    ah, dear commenter number 3! you stole my words!

    I saw an NCIS episode where some guy uses this song for encoding something.

    Tom Lehrer is great.

  6. hassan-i-sabbah says:

    “ooooh ye ‘ave got soom on yer camra!”
    “ooooh ye ‘ave too!”

  7. JDspeeder1 says:

    That Julius Sumner Miller is like the bastard love-child of Ron Popeil and Ludwig von Drake!

  8. Ugly Canuck says:

    For you spiritual types I recommend reflection upon the very fact that there is a periodicity of the elements.

  9. Anonymous says:

    The two scientists in this video are Martyn Poliakoff (he’s on Wikipedia if you’re interested and is the brother of the film-maker Stephen Poliakoff) who is the chap in the office, and Pete Licence who is the chap in the fetching green lab-coat. We also have blue and red lab-coats here at Nottingham.

  10. Pipenta says:

    Thank you. This was great.

  11. haaz says:

    May I refer you to the classic MST3K episode/mockery “Horror at Party Beach”! Specifically, please see part 8. And with that, I will say…


  12. umgrego2 says:

    “it’s really quite a large rod” (sorry, couldn’t resist)

    Also, at 0:41: DOT MATRIX PAPER!

  13. farmerdave says:

    “It’s really quite a large rod.”

    Sounds like Spinal Tap. “We’ve got armadillos in our trousers. It’s really quite frightening.”

  14. SC_Wolf says:

    Watching this video, my first thought was “Pool’s closed, due to sodium.” I need to start cutting back on my internets.

  15. Hanglyman says:

    Fantastic link! I’ll certainly be watching the other 102 episodes as they come out.

  16. Eduardo Padoan says:

    Fantastic indeed! Awesome episode, wonderfull to show kids how much awesome is chemistry.

  17. Art Carnage says:

    Nice try, but Tom did it better, many years ago:

    There’s antimony, arsenic, aluminum, selenium,
    And hydrogen and oxygen and nitrogen and rhenium
    And nickel, neodymium, neptunium, germanium,
    And iron, americium, ruthenium, uranium,
    Europium, zirconium, lutetium, vanadium
    And lanthanum and osmium and astatine and radium
    And gold, protactinium and indium and gallium
    And iodine and thorium and thulium and thallium.

    There’s yttrium, ytterbium, actinium, rubidium
    And boron, gadolinium, niobium, iridium
    And strontium and silicon and silver and samarium,
    And bismuth, bromine, lithium, beryllium and barium.

    There’s holmium and helium and hafnium and erbium
    And phosphorous and francium and fluorine and terbium
    And manganese and mercury, molybdinum, magnesium,
    Dysprosium and scandium and cerium and cesium
    And lead, praseodymium, and platinum, plutonium,
    Palladium, promethium, potassium, polonium,
    Tantalum, technetium, titanium, tellurium,
    And cadmium and calcium and chromium and curium.

    There’s sulfur, californium and fermium, berkelium
    And also mendelevium, einsteinium and nobelium
    And argon, krypton, neon, radon, xenon, zinc and rhodium
    And chlorine, carbon, cobalt, copper,
    Tungsten, tin and sodium.

    These are the only ones of which the news has come to Harvard,
    And there may be many others but they haven’t been discovered.

    - Tom Lehrer

  18. Frank_in_Virginia says:

    Read “Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood” by Oliver Sacks if you love Chemistry even a little bit.

  19. Neuron says:

    Not as good as Demonstrations in Physics (YouTube) with Professor Julius Sumner Miller.

  20. Xeni Jardin says:

    @#4, OMG thanks for reminding me of him. “Of all the things I like to do, and there are hundreds!, in this business of demonstration….”

  21. Takuan says:

    love the hair! I forget who, but there was a naughty physicist (are there any other kind?) who used to toss foil wrapped bits of sodium into mud puddles that he has just ostentatiously spat in.

  22. WaveyDave says:

    Fantastic. Such enthusiasm. And the hair. Its like watching 1970′s Open University tv programmes all over again !

    Thank you. I’ll be watching the rest. And the physics demos mentioned. I remember my Chemistry teacher doing similar demonstrations at school, but with much smaller amounts of sodium. But a sodium rod – I have never seen so much in one place at one time! Oh the fun that could be had with that !

    I have one concern though – what happens when they get to uranium and plutonium….

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