"to me the periodic table is like a family photograph carefully arranged to show the relationships of all its members. It includes the traditional and the disfunctional members of an extended family; many get along well, others are disdainful and snobbish and yet others react violently to each other."
"The periodic table is like the contour map in the back of history class, the list of all of chemistry's building blocks with the properties that make them unique. Each element has a label: one or two letters alongside their atomic number 1 through 118, representing the number of protons in the atom's positively ..."
"The Periodic Table is like an old cricket score sheet, kept in the pavilion to remind members of the glory days. In modern times, chemistry is less of a science, than an engineering discipline; churning out lab technicians for industry, whilst the 'chosen' few get funded to do a PhD on a further addition to some ..."
METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.