Chemistry Can Be More Fun than You Think

| May 2, 2019

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Like the old-fashioned version, it’s a square showing the chemical symbol C, the word “carbon” and the atomic number. But it’s also emblazoned with the image of a diamond (which is of course made of carbon) and also a diagram of the molecule C60, or Buckminsterfullerene, a.k.a. the “buckyball.” Once she got started, she couldn’t stop. The result, which she finished over winter break this year as a first-year student at Bowdoin College, is a complete and idiosyncratic periodic table of the elements.

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