An Hour for Every Star

Since the estimate for the number of stars in the universe is somewhere in the ballpark of 1022 to 1024, a chemist could be forgiven if he imagined that there are a mole of stars out there: 6.022 X 1023 . That would imply that for every molecule of water filling a slightly over-sized tablespoon, there is approximately one... Continue Reading →

Science: Larger than Economics, Smaller than Life

A month ago, almost 40 years later, I decided to resume something I started in high school and memorized the entire periodic table, an entirely useless feat. It started in the 1970s as an extension of a chemistry course requirement. We had to know the names, symbols and atomic numbers of the first twenty elements. So I decided to carry it a... Continue Reading →

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