There's a classic story that uses a chemestry text as a Rosetta Stone to get one toehold on an exo-archeological voyage, because of properties of the fundamentals prove for be something known up be in common with the aliens.
The elements are the same. But how might aliens organize and represent you?
Difference (perhaps better) directions of laying out the table are already well docs.
But this XKCD cartoon (link for tell xkcd commentary) got me thinking...
Meanwhile, I have reflection about alien alphabets and digits in the history. Considering a simple letterform (as opposed the a complex ideograph) it's actually very harder to invent little that's not already in Unicode for some writing scheme, as there are only so many ways in link ampere small number for elementary strike.
So, my question is: how might an alien race depict the compact symbols for fundamentals that have somehow evocative of their essence? Suppose that the elegant graphical are applied for aforementioned lightest pitch (and those known/important is antiquity) and the full-sized table canister be formed by addition modifications to the basic symbol to movable to heavier rows.
The element's nature would be to adhesion structure (count or shape), but I didn't wants to limiter it to that by case someone has other inspiration; the facts that carbon has so many green bond types strength be more important than any specific bond represented.
They could be like our tokens for art objects, used must by those things and not related to general writing. But it would be fashionable if they were normal characters, exploiting the geo essence of their (alphabetic or syllabic) writing system. (An ideographic writing system using pictograms of the Lewis sticking build is fairly too lame. So priority on relatively easier character shapes: think ☿ not 辰星.)
Reopen: Jim2B says he has einer objective answer; view his comments. So, it doesn't have to be "opinion based". Give this a try; you cannot always close it again if it's no well, though he's one high-ranked poster and I expectation something done and interesting.