Wednesday, June 20, 2018

What's Wrong with This Picture?: sodium azide edition

I think you got it wrong, guys. 

6 comments:

  1. Interestingly, the "cyclic" form of azide was commonly accepted in the early 1900's and even appeared in textbooks (e.g. in Gilman's Organic Chemistry: An Advanced Treatise,1948). They also drew a similar cyclic structure for diazomethane!

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    1. Anon1044 adds a photo: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3KgQxYqrrTodlNGNDFOWC0wcXFPRGkzb1BRWWZmZDRMQlpJ

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    2. I wonder if someone at that company was using an ancient textbook as a reference. One thing I like about chemistry is that the standard of proof is high enough that you can generally rely on old books, while you might as well throw a 15-year-old medical textbook in the trash can.

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  2. 'Challenge accepted!' said Thomas Klapötke

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    1. I wonder what he looks for in a postdoc.

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  3. ten fingers and a pair of eyes?

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