Connections between adjacent, and periodic-table column, elements spontaneously rearrange themselves nicely under spring tension in three dimensions. In the mouse-interactive model below, note the white spiral pattern of increasing atomic number, as well as the three holes in the topographic sheet. In fact, the net's topology is the same as that of a T-shirt, so with a bit of added distortion we might have something to talk to Tommy Hilfiger about! They should probably consider both right and left handed versions (see below). Our attempts at relaxing this same network of connections in 2D are documented here, for comparison.

The periodic table "molecule":
What does this shape remind you of, and can you guess which element is which?
Also, would this molecule be stable if it was sufficiently cold,
and if not, precisely how would its demise be met?

Labeled Version:
Here are one hundred and eighteen hints.

T-Shirt of the Elements' Topology
A bit of distortion of the above surface then yields unambiguously
the following layout for a t-shirt designed by nature and not man.
Note that the black line charts the path of the periodic table's "z-spiral".
All columns of elements flow from one of the red-outlined sleeve or
collar openings: The main elements pour from the left sleeve opening,
transition metals from the collar, rare earths out of the right sleeve.
The color scheme follows this flat version of the same table.

The shirtmap also suggests a more informative layout for
Mendeleev's famous two-dimensional chart...

This page is Thanks to Martin Kraus for his Live3D applet. The person responsible for errors and Copyright (2006) is P. Fraundorf. This site is hosted by the Department of Physics and Astronomy (and Center for Molecular Electronics) at UM-StL.