Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Kool Kemistry

The page starts like this.....

The following pages are dedicated to English words that can be spelled using chemical symbols. Since the list of chemical symbols is changing every few years, I need to make it clear that these lists are good through 12/31/05, and include all elements through element 111, Roentgenium (Rg), which was named on November 1st, 2004.

Who might be interested in this page? Anyone who loves chemistry, certainly. High school teachers could use these words to increase the interest in the subject. How about English lovers who want ONe SUPEr ScHoOLaSTiC PrOCeSS ThAt He/SHe CaN USe In ClAsS? Or what about chemistry teachers trying to help student learn their chemical symbols (Question: Picasso pioneered what short-lived but influential form of art? Answer: Copper, Bismuth, Samarium).

But HOW should there exist a list of words that can be spelled with chemical symbols? I mean, what would possess a person to do such a thing? Well, that's a perfectly good question, and the answer relies on the way my brain can't stop humming down a certain track once it gets going. You see, there's the NPR puzzle show on Sunday mornings. I never hear it because I'm at church, but someone sent me the following (paraphrased) puzzle: can you find a 3x3 matrix of chemical symbols such that all 9 symbols are different and that the three rows and three columns all spell out English words?

Nandor's Exhaustive Chemical Words Pages