The History Behind the Periodic Table By Galib Mammad

The periodic table of the elements is such an essential part of science. Anyone who has taken a chemistry class in high school will be familiar with this periodic table. It was actually created 150 years ago by a Russian chemist named Dmitrii Ivanovich Mendeleev. Mendeleev’s contributions to science are undeniable, and this history of this periodic table is very interesting.

Created in a Single Day

One of the most interesting aspects of the history of the periodic table is that it was supposedly thought up and created in just one day. It only took Mendeleev a single day to come up with the idea for the periodic table, and then he created it that very same day. It is said that he created it on February 17, 1869. Keep in mind that his ability to conceive and create the periodic table in one day could be an exaggeration and that there is no way to verify it one way or another.

The Early Days

The early days before the creation of the periodic table are worth mentioning as well. In 1817, chemists were still struggling to understand atoms and how they worked. A German chemist named Johann Wolfgang Dobereiner noted that some strange things were going on with specific groupings of elements. He noticed important differences in atomic weight while observing the chemical behavior of bromine, chlorine, and iodine.

Eventually, this helped chemists to think about links between the atomic weights and chemical properties. It took until the 1860s for atomic weights to be understood to a great degree. Organizing the elements and creating a mathematical map was something that several people attempted to do. It wasn’t until Mendeleev that this was actually accomplished satisfactorily, though.

Many great scientists would use the periodic table to gain a greater understanding of atoms. They contributed to the groundwork that was laid out by Mendeleev all the way back in 1869. Make no mistake that the creation of the periodic table was a game-changer for scientists. It allowed people to think about the elements in new ways, and it also allowed people to consider undiscovered elements.

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President of GNM Ventures LLC and ADA University Foundation, Galib Mammad has dedicated his life to helping others succeed. Visit galibmammad.com today!

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Galib Mammad

President of GNM Ventures LLC and ADA University Foundation, Galib Mammad has dedicated his life to helping others succeed. Visit galibmammad.com today!