Q. Why did you use the Hexagon?
A. The square is used in the Traditional Periodic Table, the rectangle is the shape of ribbons on uniforms in the ST Games as is the tri-angle in TOS, Circles cannot be stacked, trapezoids look strange when stacked, octagons are stop signs, but the hexagon is a common shape of a chemical, it is the structural diagram carbon ring and it makes a nice stack in the shape of a worm hole or time map.
Q. How did you select the colors for the particles?
A. The colors are loosely based on the traditional periodic table found here http://www.dayah.com/periodic/
Q. You have a large number of particles, how did you come to this number?
A. I did a Google search of Star Trek particles and found two principal documents I used for sources. However some of the elements were mentioned as “another name for…” So some of them made the cut, others did not. All the particles in the map are link referenced, and cited.
Q. Why are the index numbers jumbled across the map?
A. Because this is the third iteration of the map. I originally started with around 100 particles. This number grew by about 30, and the particles were also arranged according to a non-standard category. I realigned them to categories closer to that of the Traditional Periodic Table.
Q. Why don’t you call the map a periodic table?
A. Because the name was already taken, besides these particles don’t exist. Calling it a periodic table would lend itself to scrutiny from the scholars who know about such things. I see no need to confuse the real with the fiction
Q. Why don’t the particles listed have chemical compositions?
A. None were given in the descriptions I found. The writers didn’t bother to publish a particles list they just came up with them on the fly. No standards were used. Ill be making molecule structures for most if not all the particles using the Kekule’ structural format. There are 118 known atoms in 7 unique orbital configurations. That would mean if I stick to known science to define the makeup of each of the Star Trek particles there would be 134 particles in as many as 10 unique orbital configurations. This will take time so please stand by.
Q. Some of the property fields don’t match the description fields, why not?
A. Science Fiction writers often take artistic liberties; I hypothesized, theorized, scrutinized, and realized I could too.
Q. Do you have a PHD in Science, Physics or Geology?
A. No, I have a Bachelors degree in Network and Communications Management from Devry University. I have 18 Credits toward my Teaching degree, with Webster University, and I’m working on my new major which is Information Management.
Q. What makes you the expert?
A. Because those who hold higher degrees (experts in the fields afore-mentioned) have not stepped forward to write this table with true expertise. This is a “unique Idea” of mine derived from other existing examples. I am a rank armature hack who thought of this before anyone else. So far as I can tell.
Q. How did you come up with the three letter symbol; the Traditional Periodic Table uses two letters?
A. Because the Traditional Periodic Table uses two letters and these particles do not exist, I wanted to have a unique twist on the map, and keep scholars from getting confused if they were to do a search against a two letter atom. The first letter is capitalized and is obvious as the first letter of the particle. Name. The last letter is the suffix of the particle. The only exception is if a duplicate symbol was already made up. Then I just winged it. The middle letter, well it was a major syllable letter or something like that.
Q. Why are they called or referred to as particles?
A. Atoms are real, certain sub-atomic particles are known to exist, but none of the particles in Star Trek seem to exist alone. All atoms are solitary, in terms that they really are unique elements of matter. Star Trek particles seem to be molecule like, they have multiple properties that do not match and often contradict or defy laws of physics, and suggest that the very existence of the periodic table elements are base structures for nearly all the particles listed on my map. Yet with all the abnormalities of these particles, we accept them as normal in the science fiction world. Thus they are singular atom-like structures or elements.
Q. You have some real sub-atomic particles listed. Why?
A. …err uhh!! It seemed like the thing to do at the time!!! To Paraphrase “Sub atomic particles are electrons, neutrons, protons, or the nuclei of an atom. They are smaller than an atom.” See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subatomic_particle for the real definition.
They were in the source documentation, having been used out of context to reality. Therefore they are fictional items, kind of.
Q. Why do I have to use Control + Click to view the properties of each particle? Why not just a mouse-over event to display the properties?
A. Because this is how MS Visio 2007 publishes the document in Java script and HTML format. I haven’t figured out how to change these defaults.
Q. How do I add an element/particle you missed?
A. Email me with the name, properties and details including; episode, movie, book, or periodical citation. I will evaluate and insert the particle. I’m easy if the particle pans out in a movie or TV series. Books and periodicals are not what I use to verify anything. The internet is my main tool. But I am open minded about your written sources. After all we wouldn’t have Star Trek without written stories by Gene Roddenberry.