Atomic Love

Public Events
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Science History Institute
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

The periodic table might not seem like the place to look for love, but if you take a modern periodic table and do a little cutting and folding, you’ll end up with “kissing elements.” These are the elements that can be stably fused together because they have complementary electron structures.

Elemental relationships aren’t the only things that give the periodic table a certain sort of romance. Communication, one of the most important elements in any human relationship, was at the heart of creation of the periodic table. Presenting chemical information to students in an efficient and clearly written format was a challenge, and so the periodic table was devised partly as a learning tool.

Grab your science sweetie, and join David E. Dunning as he tells the marvelous story of Dmitri Mendeleev’s work. Afterward, nerd out together with activities from our very own Othmer librarians. Find your elemental love match, make a valentine, and capture the romance in a photo booth provided by our friends at Yellow Mirror.

The event includes a reception featuring live music by the UD Faculty Jazz Ensemble and hors d’oeuvres and drinks inspired by the theme of love.

This program is presented in celebration of the International Year of the Periodic Table.

Registration for this event is required. Tickets are $20 per person, $35 per couple.

About David E. Dunning

David E. Dunning is a PhD candidate in the Program in the History of Science at Princeton University. He’s writing his dissertation on the use of mathematical notations in the science of logic. More generally, he focuses on the practices of reading, writing, and teaching, through which scientists build and promote their theories. His research also explores the relationships between different areas of knowledge and the ways those areas get redefined over time.

About UD Faculty Jazz Ensemble

Composed of University of Delaware faculty members who are in demand as jazz performers in and around the Delaware Valley, the UD Faculty Jazz Ensemble is dedicated to the performance of and education about America’s classical music. The ensemble performs on campus as part of the Department of Music’s concert series and is available for clinics and performances in schools and concert venues.

Dave Bozenhard: Guitar
Tom Palmer: Drums
Miles Brown: Bass
Harvey Price: Vibes

For more information about this event please contact Alexis Pedrick at 215.873.8293 or

Image: The Chemical Elements and Their Periodic Relationships. Science History Institute.