Year of the Periodic Table (in Paris and Moscow)

published on July 13, 2020

I'm in Paris in the UNESCO building hereI'm here for the ceremonial opening ofthe International Year of the periodictable it started in January but now atthe end of January is the full openingthere has been a ceremony with lots ofspeeches with ministers all sorts of

Important people making speeches NobelPrize winner and also me and I'm goingto do this unusual way I'm going to takeyou on the tour I office in Helsinkitable so finally just to celebrate thisI want to say that special video that my

Colleagues made today which we will belaunching on YouTube in about 10 minutestime so much gold but I never seen somuch of any elementinserted the cube into the periodictable of the elements to the chemist I

Went into my tie and here I also foundmy very first periodic tableI have been showered with presents byall sorts of different people I've lostcount what I've had this one's reallygood this is thin coating of aluminium

Oxide and as you turn it it changescolour also they have a terrificexhibition and what I really like to dois not so much to for you to hear thespeeches you can hear speeches anywherebut come and see some of the things in

The exhibition these are hightemperature superconductors which if youcall them to liquid nitrogen temperaturedisplay the so-called Meisner effect andthey repel magnets so you can makethings to levitate so this must be

Mendeleev's flat yes so you can lookaroundwell I can see his portrait and he'squite at quite a nice room yeah I've gotthe tent work doing that yes really wellI would rather done the experiment

Myself writing but it was quite fun theball runs nice Debbie would get reallyexcited at this so where are you fromnot very well yes no surprisesMendeleev proposed the periodic tablefor the first time he published it in

1869that's 150 years ago and not quite threeyears ago it suddenly struck me that thehundred and fiftieth anniversary wouldbe a great time for chemists all overthe world to celebrate this and I

Suggested it to the president of theinternational union of pure and appliedchemistry and then thankfully I didn'thave to do anything else people gotreally excited and now they've made ithappen and Here I am to enjoy it

Of course I will have a very warm whenMarie of Brady being here and keeping mein order but I hope also what I reallywill remember is the very warm thingsthat people have said about our videosand how much our videos are helping them

To teach chemistry and to enthuse peopleabout the periodic table we now in parttwo of our video we're in Moscow inRussia when a building called the goldenbrain has strange things on top a bitlike my hair only golden and there's a

Huge number of people here you can seeselfies and God knows well look at allthese people hold your camera's up lookat them allwhat do you think of this professoryou're famous Wow

I'm about to sit in Mendeleev's chairit's amazing and I suppose this isnearly as close as I can get toMendeleev but on the other hand it looksas if the desk has been covered againwith new material I suspect his

Cigarettes burnt a lot of holes in thisthis morning I saw a really nicepainting I've seen it before my favoritepainting of Mendeleev at his desk cup oftea cigarette in hand looking as if he'sabout to say something really

Interesting so now I'm here no tea nocigarette but I feel really proud to beherebein teaches fundamentally changeare you readyPolaris is barely 10 wouldn't see it now

He wouldn't be periodic table that weknow too that I also found my very firstyou

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