The most bracing (and sad) chemical sentence you will read today

“I will roar argon into chlorine, xenon into fluorine, all the noble gases into reactive ones… My lament will terrify even the stars.” – Jessica Stern, Denial: A Memoir of Terror

From Dwight Gardner’s review in the New York Times. Dr. Stern is an expert on terrorism; she believes her interest in terror stems from a brutal and violent incident from her childhood.

One Comment

  1. Wow, what a zinger, especially as it involves some quite spectacular transmutations. Most of us would settle for roaring neon into fluorine.

    My favorite line of the review was this: “Humiliation and shame are risk factors for savagery.” That might explain a lot about my difficulty in understanding the motivation of some.

    Thanks for pointing this review out.

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