Monday, April 25, 2005

The Bridge - Chemical Society Visual Elements Page

I have always been against the arbitrary separation of art and science. It does not have to be one or the other. If we as a country were not so myopic about testing as opposed to actual learning, we would understand that the arts can help you learn anything.

My proof? Ask anyone over a certain age to recite Conjunction Junction or "I'm Just A Bill" from School House Rock.

The Chemical Society Visual Elements Page goes a long way to bridge the separation. If I had this in school, it would have made science class a whole lot easier.

It is an artistic representation of the elements table. By clicking on an element, you can learn the history of the symbol, how it was named and its place in the chemical world.

You have your choice of viewing the complete information of the element or downloading an Adobe PDF document. Some pages have a QuickTime movie to help you visually remember what the element is and how it is used. The video on Neon is particularly colorful.

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