Dmitri Mendeleev was a Russian scientist who played chemical solitaire with element flash cards. Thecards had data about each element. He went on to arrange them in a table, one look format using atomic mass as the categorising factor. The periodic table by Mendeleev, who was clearly a mad scientist - I mean who plays solitaire with atomic masses? -was first published in 1869.
So why use the periodic table at all? If you want to begin to start understanding elements, the periodic table is a fun place to start. Elements are arranged all neatly from left to right and top to bottom in order of increasing atomic number. You can truly spend hours with a periodic table, understanding each element better. Elements pretty much can be found in some form or the other on our planet. The better we understand them, we can find ways to use them, assess them and find more fun ways to come up with new things.New elements are being discovered, even as you read this post and the periodic table has space to accommodate them. The periodic table is a really compact way to understand elements better.Most periodic tables are staid affairs that look like a box of alphabets all jumbled up.
You can also watch and listen to ASAPscience's slow version rendition of the periodic table.
Kaycie.D a designer brought up on a staple diet of Disney animation has 'cartoonised' the elements of the periodic table.
Kaycie's interpretation of the elements in the Periodic Table
I hope all of this has got you excited like an unstable element and you are now raring to get your hands on a periodic table and learn more about elements.