Thursday, March 06, 2008

A Toast To Our Friend Dimitri

Thursday's One Cup of Java Challenge: A little science for today’s One Cup of Java. On this date in 1869, the first periodic table of elements was presented by a Russian chemist to the Russian Chemical Society. This first periodic table not only corrected errorenous atomic weights, but it is also correctly forecast the discovery of future elements. Your One Cup of Java Challenge this morning: name that Russian chemist, known as the father of the periodic table. He’s also had one element named after him, as well as part of the moon.

Answer: Dmitri Mendeleev.

Bonus Blog Trivia: Among his other accomplishments, he developed the standards for Russian vodka.

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