The Periodic Table: A Work of Ages

The architects of the great medieval and renaissance cathedrals knew that they could not live to see their completion: construction times were measured in centuries. And so too the architect of the Periodic Table of the Elements, Dimitri Mendeleev, could not expect ever to see his table finished. Generations of scientists in their thousands worked to lay in place the bricks of the periodic table, not knowing when or if the edifice would ever be finished. So it is a great honor to see in our time the completion of this great work of ages, an accomplishment six generations in the making. Just in time for the 150 anniversary of its first publication, the Periodic Table of the Elements is finally complete, with all 118 elements discovered and properly named. The United Nations has declared 2019 the International Year of the Periodic Table, and in this talk we will celebrate not only its history, but the living wonder that is this marvelous collection of beautiful things, the elements.

The Periodic Table: A Work of Ages presented by Theodore Gray is an event co-sponsored by the PLU Department of Chemistry and American Chemical Society (ACS). 

Gray will also sign books after the lecture for anyone who brings their own copy of his periodic table book.

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Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 7:30pm

Leraas Lecture Hall – Rieke Science Center, 103
Pacific Lutheran University - Rieke Science Center: 12180 Park Ave S, Parkland , WA 98447

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Lectures & Presentations

Target Audience

Alumni, General Public, Faculty/Staff, Prospective Students


Science & Technology, Research

Chemistry, Natural Sciences
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