What the elements look like.

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Aug. 10 2010 10:16 AM

What the Elements Look Like

A slide show.

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For the past month, Sam Kean has been blogging the periodic table for Slate, in conjunction with his new book The Disappearing Spoon. The blog explored the history and science behind 25 different elements, from antimony to yttrium. But one question has been left unaddressed: What the heck do these elements look like? Some elements, of course are part of our daily lives: We all know what gold and iron look like. But could you pick bismuth out of a lineup? Francium? Tungsten? Click the launch module to see photographs of the elements Kean has discussed in his Slate blog.

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