Chemical Analysis

Via Jeffrey Harris: What is the only chemical element whose name contains no symbols for chemical elements?

I’ll go so far as to hint that the answer is a very commonly known element, and not, say, Ununpentium.

Update: And look at that: Jeffrey has also posted a Marching Bands to his Web site. “Turning 27” refers both his new age (happy birthday!) and the fact that there are exactly 27 words turning within the bands.

3 thoughts on “Chemical Analysis

  1. Got it. Good one Jeffrey. Several elements can be written using only symbols, the longest being Phosphorus [P + Ho (or H+O) + S + P + Ho (or H+O) + Ru + S]. This led me to wonder if any elements can be written using only the symbols of OTHER elements. I found Astatine = As (arsenic) + Ta (tantalum) + Ti (titanium) + Ne (neon) and 4 more, each of which is commonly known.

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