- On Monday, a packed house of nerds was all set to learn some science!
- And because we were at National Mechanics, we drank some beer, too.
- Adrian Dingle, a chemistry educator, author, and research fellow at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, took us on a wild ride through the discovery and naming of the periodic table's more obscure elements.
- — Ben Gross (@bhgross144)Mon, Jul 13 2015 22:09:12
- — ScienceOnTap PHILLY (@ScienceonTapPHL)Mon, Jul 13 2015 22:10:51
- We quickly learned that chemistry is a messy business.
- — ScienceOnTap PHILLY (@ScienceonTapPHL)Mon, Jul 13 2015 22:19:16Discovery of the elements involved: xenophobia, lying and cheating amongst other things #dingleelements
- First, there was tungsten, or element #74, whose discovery and naming provoked nationalist bickering straight through the twentieth century.
- — Rebecca Ortenberg (@historein)Mon, Jul 13 2015 22:26:53Many nationalist debates over what to call elements. Element 74 (tungsten) gets the chem nerds seriously riled thru '80s! #dingleelements
- — ScienceOnTap PHILLY (@ScienceonTapPHL)Mon, Jul 13 2015 22:26:29Tungsten winning the element name wars was very upsetting to the Elhuyar Bros and Spain. Conflict ensues. #dingleelements
- Spanish chemists—including the scientists who first isolated the element—desperately wanted element #74 to be called wolfram. But...
- And tungsten wasn't the only element that led to some international name-calling...
- — ScienceOnTap PHILLY (@ScienceonTapPHL)Mon, Jul 13 2015 22:20:50
Science on Tap: A History of the Chemical Elements for (Big) Kids
On Monday, July 13, chemistry teacher Adrian Dingle took us deep into a world of backstabbing, cheating, scandal, and greed. Oh, and science! We also learned some science.