The grammar of the elements: New insight into the inspiration behind Mendeleev's periodic table
I forbindelse med International Year of the Periodic Table 2019 inviterer Norsk Kjemisk Selskap (NKS) til foredrag med prof. Abhik Ghosh. Velkommen!
The periodic table is one of the great organizing principles of the natural world as well as a cultural icon. Although not the first to conceive the idea of the table, Mendeleev more than anyone else recognized periodicity as a law of nature and used that insight to predict as yet undiscovered elements. What led to his great intellectual breakthrough?
The heart of this talk will focus on new, heretofore unpublished insight suggesting that his ideas originated from interactions with Saint Petersburg colleagues far outside chemistry, who studied Oriental and Siberian languages.
The talk will conclude with examples of how the periodic table continues to inspire contemporary research, from the development new catalysts to new radiopharmaceuticals.