I fell in love with chemistry at the age of 12, standing awe-struck in front of the giant mural of the Periodic 'Table' (actually a spiral) painted by the artist Edgar Longman for the Science Exhibition of the Festival of Britain. I had recently heard Fred Hoyle's wonderful radio lectures, The Nature of the Universe, and read the book, and Longman's design looked like a galaxy.
For copyright reasons I can only give the DOI of two others (an iniquitous system; the publishers make you sign over your cpopyright to them, and for a few thousand dollars they will then sell you the right to put it online; institutions pay; most individuals can't). 'A Century on from Mendeleev: Tables and Spirals, Noble Gases and Nobel Prizes' was published in Foundations of Chemistry, October 2007, vol. 9, 235-245. It was I who had suggested a special issue for the centenary of Mendeleev's death (20th January 1907), and I submitted my article in 2006, but it missed the special issue of June. It is DOI 10.1007/s10698-007-9038-x The second article, 'Charles Janet: Unrecognized Genius of the Periodic System' was submitted in mid-2008 and accepted at the end of that year but appeared in Foundations of Chemistry only in April 2010, vol. 12(1). The article is also available electronically on SpringerLink:
Chemical Galaxy posters, mousemats, t-shirts, mugs etc are available from www.chemicalgalaxy.co.uk
Finally, there has recently been an interesting discussion of the periodic system in a blog http://www.sciencebase.com/science-blog/rebuilding-the-periodic-table.html/