James Franklin Hyde was a pioneer in the silicone industry, so it’s appropriate that periodic ribbon puts the element silicon in the center and highlights its relationships to the other elements.

Hyde may have been inspired by the spiral chart published by Theodor Benfey in the same journal a few years earlier.

A periodic table of the elements in the shape of a spiral centered around hydrogen. Differently coloured loops jut out to include the transition metals, lanthanides, actinides, and then-undiscovered superactinides.
Benfey's periodic snail of the elements. (Theodor Benfey / Science History Institute)