Bluebulb Projects' The Measure of Things presents:
56 is about half the number of Elements on the Periodic Table.
In other words, it's 0.475 times the count of Elements on the Periodic Table, and the count of Elements on the Periodic Table is 2.11 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Periodic Table of the Elements, a.k.a chemical elements) (confirmed elements as of 2016)