The 951st meeting of the
Mineralogical Society
of
Southern California

December Meeting

 The Periodic Table, Its Story & Its Significance

Presented by Dr. Eric Scerri,

UCLA, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Friday, December 8th, 2017, at 7:30

We meet at

Pasadena City college

Building E, Lecture Hall (room 220)
1570 E. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, California.

About us…

The Mineralogical Society of Southern California is dedicated to the dissemination of a general knowledge of the mineralogical and related earth sciences through the study and collecting of mineral specimens. Organized in 1931, it is the oldest mineralogical society in the western United States.
The MSSC is a scientific non-profit organization that actively supports the Pasadena City College Geology Department, its associated Dana Club,, and the Field Science Scholarship Fund. Support is also given to the San Bernardino County Museum of Natural History and Mindat.
The MSSC is affiliated with the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies and American Federation of Mineralogical Societies.

About the Program:  The Periodic Table, Its Story & Its Significance Presented by Dr. Eric Scerri, UCLA, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

There has been a veritable explosion of interest in the periodic table and the elements in popular science and popular culture generally. For example, major advertising campaigns by clothes outlets, J. Crew and The Gap. Also, the highly successful TV series, Breaking Bad, which ran to four seasons. All have used the periodic table and the symbols of elements to good effect.

Dr. Scerri is the author of what has been described as the definitive book on the periodic table, published by Oxford University Press and with the same title as his lecture. The book especially focuses on the historical development of the periodic table and the status of this knowledge in modern science. He has also written “A Very Short Introduction to the Periodic Table”, a more popular and condensed version of the initial book. In addition, he wrote “A Tale of Seven Elements”, and “30-second Elements”, two books written for a general audience.

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