A tale of two tables

M. Pilar Gil and Eli Zysman-Colman look back at the history of two periodic tables that date from the late nineteenth century.

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Fig. 1: The St Andrews periodic table.
Fig. 2: The periodic table found in Koblenz.


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The authors would like to extend a very special thanks to J. Klug for his detailed comments on the discovery of the Koblenz table and to A. Aitken, the discoverer of the St Andrews table. We are grateful to S. Alvarez and to D. Cole-Hamilton for their comments on the early versions of this article.

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Gil, M.P., Zysman-Colman, E. A tale of two tables. Nat. Chem. 11, 757–759 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41557-019-0310-1

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