Cards of the Periodic Table

I came across an interesting card deck called The Photographic Card Deck of the Elements by Theodore Gray which I ordered to go with my Elemental Hexagons deck, and my book Nature’s Building Blocks: An A-Z Guide to the Elements by John Emsley.

Here is some further information about Theodore Gray’s deck. He actually built himself a wooden tray with samples of the elements in it, and offered it as a poster. Now he offers it as a 118-card deck. If you click on the other link from this page, you can see students using it imaginatively in the classroom.

I thought this was great. I like the way he’s depicted objects made of the elements. The poster would be great to have too. The cards are a big 5 inches or 127 mm square with lots of information on the back.

For anyone who isn’t aware of the Elemental Hexagons deck by Calyxa Omphalos, this too would make a great gift. It has a somewhat New-Age bent to it but wonderful photographs and information on the elements, and another fine jumping-off point for people interested in exploring chemistry and science.

With permission, she has used some of Theodore Gray’s photographs in her deck. It’s almost twice the price, but that’s self-publishing, it’s more expensive. She was writing a book but doesn’t seem to have finished it yet.

I’ve owned this for a couple of years, and I get a kick out of pulling a card and then looking it up in the Emsley book. Find out how Bismuth fits into your day!

Here is a screen shot of it in my visual card database. Click to enlarge.

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