Time Magazine: Man of the Millennium

Joe Cosby joecosby at medbyg.seatac.net
Sat Sep 26 14:57:42 EST 1998


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On Sat, 26 Sep 1998 03:26:51 -0700, Paul Hsieh wrote about Re: Time Magazine: Man of the Millennium:
> juola at mathcs.duq.edu says...
> > Peter da Silva <peter at baileynm.com> wrote:

[snip]

> 
> > [...] Give credit to the guy that
> > invented the periodic table and discovered the holes for her
> > to fill....
> 
> You want to give credit for someone discoverying a "classification 
> system"?  Sheesh ... !
>

Gesundheit.

The effects of the periodic table were somewhat accidental, but they
were profound.  Most of what we would come to know about atomic
structure, and -why- elements react to each other the way they do,
came from trying to make sense of -why- the patterns in the
periodic table occur the way they do.

I think most of relatively modern science, and our modern ability
to precisely control chemical reactions, traces back to the
discovery of the periodic table as their root.

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Joe Cosby

Devout member of the Church of Amiga since 1990

"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it" - Goethe
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