Single Idea 17419

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / E. Chemistry / 3. Periodic Table]

Full Idea

All the elements other than hydrogen and helium make up just 0.04% of the universe. Seen from this perspective, the periodic table appears to rather insignificant.

Gist of Idea

Since 99.96% of the universe is hydrogen and helium, the periodic table hardly matters

Source

Eric R. Scerri (The Periodic Table [2007], 10 'Astro')

Book Reference

Scerri,Eric R.: 'The Periodic Table' [OUP 2007], p.258