Perl legend (monk, you could say) Brian D. Foy recently commited this amazing hash to his Elements.pm:

my %elements = map { state $n = 0; $n++; $_ => $n, $n => $_ } qw(
H                                                                                                He    
Li Be                                                                           B  C   N  O   F  Ne    
Na Mg                                                                          Al Si   P  S  Cl  Ar    
K  Ca                                           Sc Ti  V Cr Mn Fe Co Ni Cu Zn  Ga Ge  As Se  Br  Kr    
Rb Sr                                            Y Zr Nb Mo Tc Ru Rh Pd Ag Cd  In Sn  Sb Te   I  Xe    
Cs Ba La Ce Pr Nd Pm Sm Eu Gd Tb Dy Ho Er Tm Yb Lu Hf Ta W  Re Os Ir Pt Au Hg  Tl Pb  Bi Po  At  Rn    
Fr Ra Ac Th Pa U  Np Pu Am Cm Bk Cf Es Fm Md No Lr Rf Ha Sg Bh Hs Mt Ds Rg Cn Uut Fl Uup Lv Uus Uuo    

I’ll bet he can’t wait till those new elements get new names with 2 character abbreviations!


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