When we talked with element 112's discoverer, Sigurd Hofmann, on the significance of making a permanent mark on the periodic table, he told us he wanted a moniker that recognized a famous scientist while avoiding the flag-waving nationalism normally associated with the process. Today, Hofmann and his team made their decision public.
Good bye element 112 and ununbium, its placeholder name. Hello "Copernicium."
It's one of the most hallowed clubs in all of science--the lucky few who have discovered and named an element on the periodic table. After stabilizing and observing the latest addition to chemistry's constitution, element number 112, Sigurd Hofmann and his team will have the chance to make their mark. And despite element naming's bitterly contentious history (very bitter, actually), Sigurd isn't sweating it much.
The chemistry cornerstone celebrates its 140th birthday
By Chris Sweeney
Posted 03.04.2009 at 12:44 pm 2 Comments
Ah, the periodic table. The Rosetta Stone of chemistry, if you will. Well, today, this great tormentor of high school science students celebrates its 140th birthday, so lets take a quick look at a bit of the history behind this scientific gem.
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