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Sun 30 Jan 2005

Periodic Tables

Category : mac and the internet

Just stumbled onto Elements 1.1, which displays a periodic table with an attendant database accessible with a mouse click and a search tool. Developed in Cocoa, it covers the basics and is pretty as well - all for U$10. But do also try the similar-looking Freshly Squeezed's iChem v1.3 which is available for US$5.

If you need a workhorse, you would probably settle for Synergy Creation's US$20 Periodic Table 3.5.2. I'm no chemist but it seems well worth it. And its available for Windows users as well.

The image of a periodic table makes me reminisce over days of chemistry, long since passed. The table is a fascinating assemblage with an in-built structure that reveals relationships between the elements; it never failed to fascinate even as it eluded a comprehensive understanding.

The problem of sniffing the holistic perspective in chemistry was infrequently surpassed. e.g. I grasped the relationships revealed by valency only when explaining it to a younger neighbour entering the world of chemistry. I remember sitting on a warm cement sidewalk which grew gradually cooler as it lost the day's heat. A grin washed over his face as the sun sank, for he realised he had grasped the concept just as I did so completely myself.

Even today, revelations emerge from conversations.

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