Nuclear: modern alchemy

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Unclear fizzicks: the new psy-ence. Great post here on the hustlers.

The end of chemistry’s most cherished belief
0;Elements are the foundation stones of chemistry. The vast variety of substances around us are made from combining elements – such as carbon, oxygen, hydrogen and nitrogen – in different ways. At the turn of the twentieth century, a firmly held belief was that atoms never change. Carbon atoms remain carbon atoms; iron stays iron; gold cannot be made from lead; and once uranium, always uranium. Rutherford and his colleague Frederick Soddy, who was at that time working with him at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, overturned this idea. They found radioactivity was a process that could transform one element into another. Somehow, one type of atom emitted a particle and became another type of atom. No doubt mindful of the ill-repute arising from thousands of years of futile attempts to make gold from lead, Rutherford is reported to have said to his friend: “Don’t call it transmutation, Soddy, or they’ll have our heads as alchemists!”….

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3 thoughts on “Nuclear: modern alchemy

  1. anthonycarallo

    That quote reminded me of a private email I sent to “sunshine” from the clues 4 em last year..excerpt: .”Another thing I think is kind of fake -chemistry. I mean, I know they can get all these reactions and that there are substances with certain properties, but the “atomic weights” were named before the theory of atoms, they are just the relative weights of the “elements” and most of those things 0xygen, carbon, are not really isolated “things” but they are invisible or visible parts of a reaction. I also doubt that the substances they have are necessarily what is in the “atom”. I started thinking this because I was looking at the ingredients of a lot of pharmaceuticals and they have words like “oxy”, but oxygen can not truly be isolated (or created in a lab) it is just a name to identify “something” that seems necessary to breath in air and which corrodes metals (returns them to their original state). When I read about how they come up with or “discover” some of these elements there is usually some sort of process involved which altars whatever they are working on therefore what they came up with is not necessarily “in” that thing. it is caused by a reaction with it, if that makes sense. ie: whatever is left of bones when they have been burned is not necessarily the same as what is in “live” bones. I have also been looking at what’s in vitamins and wondering if those are really things we are supposed to be consuming….”
    quite similar…

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