The Four Classical Chemical Elements

Chances are, you’re not like me: you cringe when someone says the word “chemistry.” Your memory of it vaguely harkens back to an undergrad class whose knowledge you flushed once you finished the final. That’s okay — my goal for this series is to change that paradigm, make it understandable to all, and provide some entertainment.

On the surface, saying that everything in physical world is made from four specific elements seems quite logical, especially if you don’t have access to a scanning tunneling microscope. (A scanning tunneling microscope uses advanced science…