Monday, August 31, 2009
You've no doubt read about the first picture of a molecule...
Single molecule, one million times smaller than a grain of sand, pictured for first time
I still remember thinking how cool the first "picture" of a molecule I ever saw from my copy of George Gamow's 1974 book, "One, Two, Three... Infinity: Facts And Speculations Of Science," which shows this photo of a hexamethylbenzene molecule...
Of course, molecules are very tricky to photograph, and my old photograph wasn't taken with one click of a camera, but involving multiple overlapping x-ray banding patterns that came together on one piece of photographic paper.
It's been a long time between these two photographs.
My point is that real science moves very slowly. I don't trust "science" that moves very quickly and without adequate peer review.
**cough** globalwarming **cough**