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Periodic Table

Periodic Graphics: The origins of the elements

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning shines a light on how the big bang and reactions in stars forged the elements

by Andy Brunning
May 5, 2019 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 97, ISSUE 18


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References used to create this graphic:

Stardust and the secrets of heavy-element production

Synthesis of elements

A crash of stars reveals the origins of heavy elements

The main nucleosynthetic origins of the dominant isotopes

Origin of the elements in the Solar System

A collaboration between C&EN and Andy Brunning, author of the popular graphics blog Compound Interest

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Dr. Paul C. Li (May 18, 2019 9:52 PM)
Dear Honorable CN&E Editors in Chief.:
The elements of entire periodic table could be housed in I Ching’s hexagrams in circular forms and comfortably conforms ancient philosophy with modern scientific models when viewed by Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle.
The dark matters or dark energies could be traced back to h bar, the reduced Planck constant, where light is transformed if multiplied by or met with v(nu bar). The resourceless energies in creation are satisfied. Submitted sincerely and honestly by a life long chemist in humbled way.

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