The death of modern chemistry

This is completely unrelated to the post what happened this week. But is still interesting, and worth reading anyway.

Well, we got some feedback. The poll that is still active here has yielded a grand total of two results. pythonguy (my con-contributer) has helpfully informed me via a megaphone in my ear that this is not a statistically rigorous sample size. I say pah to him.

If you did fill in that survey, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your feedback. It means so much to me. If you didn’t fill it in now. This entire paragraph is a link to the page, so you don’t have to bother with all that tedious navigating. Just click here, and fill it out.

But the results so far were pretty conclusive. 100% of those feeding back (all two of them) said they hadn’t been reading as much, because they didn’t like the Periodic Table event. It turns out that people don’t like monotony that much. So I have a press release.

We are shutting down the Periodic Table event, permanently. Next week, there will not be a piece on how electrons exhibit quantum behaviour in a way that hurts my brain. We will instead have a piece by pythonguy about how maps change the world and the world changes maps. But this is not the end of quantum electrons.

What I have decided to do is to turn the Periodic Table from an event into a series. I intend to keep writing the same stuff, but publishing it in a mix with other pieces about non-elemental-chemistry. So you will get a nice old does of quantum mechanics and polymers and nuclear fusion, you’ll just have other things in there as well.

Thanks so much for those of you who did read the periodic table event (all 11 of you) and if you think I was wrong to shut it down, you can put your opinion on the survey here or leave an angry comment here.

The links to the previous parts of the event are as follows:

  1. Introduction to the event
  2. The history of the Periodic Table
  3. The way that elements are discovered
  4. What’s inside an atom (and a really big tennis ball)

Bye now.


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