Based on the bestselling hardcover book by Popular Science columnist Theodore Gray, The Elements is easily one of the best — if not the best — periodic table apps for iPad.
There’s a lot to like in The Elements. But no doubt its biggest selling point is its exhaustive collection of interactive samples representing the elements in the periodic table. What’s more, each sample is coupled with detailed and current information sourced from WolframAlpha.
It’s really no wonder why the app is subtitled A Visual Exploration.
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In the main, the latest update to The Elements improves on the app’s interplay between each sample and its corresponding information.
In the new version of The Elements, all samples are now rendered as high-resolution, rotatable objects. In addition, they can now be pinched to zoom to full-screen size without any noticeable photographic degradation even on a Retina display.
The updated version also features full translations of the app’s textual components into over a dozen languages, including: British English, Catalan, German, Latin American Spanish, French, Korean, Croatian, Italian, Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese, Finnish, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese.
In line with this, both English and Japanese versions of the catchy elements song performed by Tom Lehrer are included as well.
The app now also boasts full text search and sorting of elements by various chemical properties.