How the Elements on the Periodic Table got Their Names

By Akemi Iwaya on March 4th, 2014

When you look at the names on the Periodic Table of Elements, you will no doubt wonder how some of those elements got their names. It turns out the names come from a wondrous variety of sources such as people, places, mythical beings, and more. So sit back and enjoy as PBS Digital Studios takes you on an etymological journey through the Periodic Table!

How The Elements Got Their Names | It’s Okay To Be Smart | PBS Digital Studios [YouTube]

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 03/4/14
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