The concept that our world is not just made up of matter but of particular types of matter is old. Elements have properties, characteristics and even character. They have been shaped, traded exploded, created, destroyed and even worshipped. In the pursuit to understand these elements, many attempts were made to tame them, the most successful being the Periodic Table.
The Periodic Table of elements captures the essence not only of chemistry, but among others, also of physics, medicine, earth sciences and biology. Today, we largely follow the map of periodicity as developed by Dmitri Mendeleev in 1869. Mendeleev built his table upon several previous attempts. In 2019 we mark the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements with the "International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT2019)" declared by the United Nations General Assembly and UNESCO.
Scientists, artists, writers, geologists, historians, chefs, in laboratories and outside, are exploring these fundamental building blocks of our world. The table itself is always evolving and changing in both content and form. The current periodic table has 118 elements (Mendeleev’s had 63), and we are still looking for more of them. We are excited about finding new elements, and in the meanwhile, our lifestyle has already created the risk of losing elements we know.
Science Gallery Bengaluru, in partnership with the Royal Society for Chemistry and the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research presents ELEMENTS a week long exhibition which celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table. Visitors can engage with the iconic periodic table and the nuances of the chemical substances that make it up at the Rangoli Metro Art Centre from 5 October to 11 October 2019.