How Periodic Table Elements Get their Names

by Rachel Baker on November 14, 2013

Every wonder how the elements on the periodic table got there names? Well, below is a good lesson in scientific history. Enjoy!

Most people could name many of the elements, but how many of us know how they got those names?

Each of the 115 known chemical elements was discovered over the last few thousand years, from before recorded history began to the nuclear laboratories of the 21st century.

Their chosen names were influenced by an ever changing mix of language, culture and our understanding of chemistry.

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