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World Records in Chemistry

Hal Harris's picture
Wed, 02/02/2000 - 01:00 -- Hal Harris

These authors address a few of the same questions as do Karukstis and Van Hecke, but they take aim at a somewhat more technically sophisticated audience; instead of trying to enhance chemical education near the introductory level, they are speaking to practicing chemists, some of whom may also be teachers. I really enjoyed reading about the most powerful poisons, the smelliest compounds (and the smallest pheromones), all topics that could have been included in "Chemistry Connections" (but weren't). But "World Records" also covers topics that would interest a chemistry professional but not a beginning student: the longest footnote, the most stable carbocations, the nations that produce the largest amounts of petroleum, and the largest consumers. The highest and lowest melting points; the reaction with the most components; the most strained molecules; the cheapest explosive. There are hundreds of these things, and they are addictive. Learn a few of these at a time, and enrich your conversational repertoire!

Pick Attribution: 

Hans-Jurgen Quadbeck-Seeger, Rudiger Faust, and Ulrich Siemeling

Publication Date: 
Friday, January 1, 1999