The periodic table

When Dimitri Mendeleev published the first periodic table 150 years ago, only about half as many elements were known as today. Over the ensuing decades, researchers have added new names to the chart, first by isolating elements in nature and then by smashing atomic nuclei together to create artificial ones, some of which exist for just fractions of a second. In celebration of Mendeleev’s achievement and the International Year of the Periodic Table, this special issue of Nature examines the past, present and future of the iconic chart.


Interactive Periodic Table