It's surprising how creative other people can be. In the following three graphics, you'll see how scientists have organized the chemical elements into other shapes for specific purposes. Note that all the images were created by the same scientists who designed each table.
This model was created by Emil Zmaczynski. The long triangular form shows the pattern of filling electron shells.
Professor Theodor Benfey developed this spiral table. The design represents the elements as a continuous series with the elements radiating from a center and the d- and f-blocks forming loops.
Timmothy Stowe designed this reference primarily for physicists. The model separates elements in periods using their quantum numbers.
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