What do we talk about when we talk about molecules?

Molecules. Atoms glued by bonds; nuclei incarcerated by electrons; electrons forming an inhomogeneous gas contained not by outer walls but by an electrostatic potential in its interior ironically named ‘external potential’. Molecules. The study object of chemists. The fundamental construct on which the chemical understanding of the universe relies.

Ten electrons, ten protons, and ten neutrons, giving rise to various electronic densities, various chemical properties: CH4, NH3, H2O, HF; which is it?

Atoms are letters, molecules are words; Chemistry, their unabashed poetry.

About joaquinbarroso

Computational and theoretical chemist in his early forties, in love with life, science, baseball, and literature. Science literacy makes us responsible citizens, it is therefore a scientific duty to talk, write, and engage with the general public; as Feynman said, if you find science boring, your learning from the wrong teacher. "Make like a molecule and react!"

Posted on May 25, 2022, in Chemistry, Random thoughts and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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