Illustration of Xenon

1898 Xenon

The book of science

Tom Sharp

LondonWilliam Ramsay, Morris Travers elements Illustration of Xenon


One part in twenty million teased from liquid air by fractional distillation after nitrogen, after oxygen and argon, after krypton and neon, a foreign element, the strange one, a guest.

Atomic number 54

Xenon lasers photographic flash lights stroboscopic lamps and xenon arc lamps for film projectors Xenon gas as an anesthetic a cardioprotectant and a neuroprotectant


Xena’s brother Xenon is invincible. To overcome his dark past, Xenon shines his powerful light on romantic comedies and the exploits of other superheroes.

There are no natural minerals containing krypton, neon, or xenon; however, kryton and xenon form chemical compounds with fluorine, as Linus Pauling had predicted.

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Other readings:

  • Xenon,” Elementymology & Elements Multidict, by Peter van der Krogt