If that bearded nineteenth-century Russian, Dmitri Mendelev, had turned his attention to the Science of Linguistics, instead of to the pseudo-scientific cult of Alchemy, then rather than merely discovering the Periodic Table of the Elements, he might have been led to invent the following "Periodic Table of the Alphabet."
Golomb, Solomon W.
"The Periodic Table of the Alphabet,"
Word Ways: Vol. 1
, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol1/iss3/3