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Re: Most beautiful word in chemistry?
« Reply #15 on: January 05, 2008, 07:51:24 AM »
I think xylene is my favorite.And toluene is pretty good.

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Re: Most beautiful word in chemistry?
« Reply #16 on: January 05, 2008, 05:47:37 PM »
not beautiful, but hard to pronounce: pseudopelletierine, susceptibility, 2-pyrrolidinylpyridine
funny: piranha solution

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Re: Most beautiful word in chemistry?
« Reply #17 on: January 05, 2008, 10:01:20 PM »
SYMMETRY,,,,Symmetry is the most beautiful word in CHEMISTRY..

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Re: Most beautiful word in chemistry?
« Reply #18 on: January 29, 2008, 10:07:19 AM »
I suppose for the non-chemists all the organic names are frightening and because of that are beautiful.

It's hard to chose a beautiful word, oh quick silver sounds nice
My name is Bond, Covalent Bond

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Re: Most beautiful word in chemistry?
« Reply #19 on: January 29, 2008, 10:16:14 AM »
I have two favorites, they are English words, borrowed from German, so in Germany, I guess they're dull:

zwitterion - a great way to improve a HPLC separation, and an accurate description of the amino acids.  So much fun to say, "Use the ion"  "Which ion"  "Das ZWITTERION"

Bremsstrahlung - I don't get to use this as much.  "So I'll just pack this beta-emitting radionucleotide in a lead box."  "Brilliant, you never heard of
Bremsstrahlung, have you?"
Hey, I'm not judging.  I just like to shoot straight.  I'm a man of science.

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Re: Most beautiful word in chemistry?
« Reply #20 on: February 13, 2008, 09:33:38 PM »
umpolung.  :P

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