How the Elements Got Their Names by It’s Okay To Be Smart

Host Joe Hanson explains how the elements got their names in rhyming fashion in the latest episode of PBS Digital Studios series It’s Okay To Be Smart.

There’s a whole lot of fascinating history on Mendeleev’s table. Some carry names from antiquity, some are named for people, some are named for places, and some are named for mythical beings. Discover the etymology of the elements!