Surprise Signature – Periodic Table of Videos

published on July 9, 2020

As you can see I'm locked down in a roomthat's full of books and I know whatmost of them are but a few weeks ago Idiscovered the book I didn't realize Ihad and there was something really quiteexciting about it I found this bookwhich is called introduction to chemical

Philosophy found it quite late at nightand then I looked inside and much to mysurprise I found signature that appearedto be from Ernest Rutherford the famousphysicist I was amazed usually when youfind these things they're some sort of

Forgery or joke but I was really excitedphotographed it and sent it off to KeithMoore the hero of Brady's objectivitychannel who's an expert on things likethis and he emailed back and said hethought it was genuine where did this

Book come from professor how come you'vegot it I have two theories where itmight have come from I certainly didn'tbuy it myself and one theory is that Imay have inherited it from my friendDavid Jones who left me his whole

Library books and I just selected a fewin a big hurryand I probably chose this one becauseit's by Tilden who's quite a famous 19thcentury chemist I probably just took itwithout looking inside the other

Possibility is that it was inheritedfrom my wife's family because hergrandfather was a student withRutherford and I suppose it's possiblethat Rutherford thought this is no bookI don't know what to do with it I'll

Give it to one of my students professorfrom the signature it appears that he'swritten his name to say I own this bookhe's not autographing it for a fan orsomething I totally agree this is not adedication to somebody this is a thing

To show you own it when I got the bookout so we could make this video Inoticedsurprisingly there is a second signatureof Rutherford inside the cover where youcan barely read it now this book was

Published in 1886 when Brad Rutherfordwas 15 and my theory is that perhaps hebought it secondhand when he came as astudent to England he was born in NewZealand because there are a couple ofprices written in pencil which is the

Signature of a secondhand book dealerand probably he wrote his name on theinside cover and thought nobody will seeit there so he wrote it on the next pageas well perhaps we should tell peoplewho owned as Rutherford was and secondly

Is that book worth a lot of money earnedthis Rutherford was the famous physicistwho formulated the first plausiblestructure of the atom and discoveredthat alpha particles were the nuclei ofhelium atoms he won the Nobel Prize for

Chemistry in to 1908 and eleven of hisstudents also won Nobel prizes shows howlittle all of us have achieved I don'tthink the work is worth very much at allthough Keith Moore when he saw thesignature and the fact that the book is

Also written by a fellow of the RoyalSociety is keen to have it from thelibrary of the Royal Society when I'vegot fed up with it whoa whoa hang on asecond I might make you an offer I'dquite like that one maybe we should have

A bidding war other thing which Ithink's interesting is that this bookcontains a really quite old periodictable this periodic table is therefilled by followed the oldest periodictable that I possess and if you look at

It they're also two strange things it'scovered in question marks where theymight be new elements of course they'reno noble gases because they hadn't beendiscovered but beryllium is shown withthe GE because sometimes in those days

People called it glue singham fromGreek word meaning sweet beryllium saltsare really poisonous but somehow peopletasted it and decided it tasted sweetand then boron which I've never seenbefore is written as Bo and rhodium as

Ro I suspect they put the periodic tablein into terrific hurry and they madesome mistakesprofessor just while you were talking II was doing a bit of googling and Ifound an autographed letter signed by

Rutherford from 1920 selling for two anda half thousand dollars my feeling isthat when it's a letter that's somethingreally special when it's just labeling abook just like he might've labeled hisclothes for the laundry then it probably

Isn't quite as exciting but it's a bookthat's got the periodic table in it andas we all knowRutherford's name is on the periodictable yes though it wasn't plain ofcourse no but I think I have no idea

Whether it's worth much money and butit's a very nice feeling that I may bereading a book that rather for greatisn't it a great thought as well tothink about Rutherford having a book andlooking at that periodic table not

Knowing that one day his name would behonor yesof course that's the you assumed that heactually read the book right and andthat the periodic table seems to havebeen just added as an extra chapter at

The end are you going to give the bookto cake at the Royal Society probablyeventually it could end up onobjectivity in a second video but theother thing which is quite I think isinteresting there are a whole series of

Questions about the periodic table and Ican't answer most of them they're soold-fashioned questions like to explainthe differences between sodium andpotassium and I have no idea what in 89somebody would have expected for an

Ounce of that question since there noanswers in the book we'll never knowtake me through the very moment when youfirst opened it and saw a Rutherford Iwas in my in the study just about to goto bed so it was after 11 o'clock at

Night and for some reason I was justlooking at the books and I opened thisand I thought wowbut of course my first thought was thatit was probably a forgery or whateverthough I don't see why anybody should

Put Rutherford's name in a slightlyobscure chemistry textbook if you'regoing to forge it you would Forge itsomewhere elseI also found in another room here thisbook here which has a photo of

Rutherford with his signature I meanthis is a printed signature what'sinteresting is by the time we got thissignature he'd become a lord so he wroteRutherford without an e because there'sa convention in the UK that people who

Are Lords then all men who Lord's sayingjust their title Rutherford because hewas Lord Rutherford without the firstname thanks for watching if you enjoyedthis video I think it's a really goodchance you'll enjoy my other YouTube

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