A scaled Periodic Table of Elements

December 1, 2014


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Inspired by a diagram from 1976, the Big Picture group at Google Research built a Periodic Table where elements are scaled based on their use in the world.

For example, the above view shows relative mentions in books for each element. The larger a cube’s volume, the more times that element was referenced in books. Other scalings include the human body composition, Earth’s crust, and the sun.