International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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Dear Sir or Madam,

I was going to start this "About" with another greeting...

"Dear Fellow Lovers of Chemistry,"

Why? Please keep on reading and you will know "About" me.

Would you be so kind, as to keep in mind that there is no simple set of formulae with which I could write this "About".

I have always loved biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. On the other hand, as far as learning is concerned I have always been a student with low grades. It is a paradox. Between dreaming and real commitment to learn, goes a long long way.

When I was 15 I watched the TV series "Cosmos", read the Book, "Cosmos", first in my native language and then in English (AmE). And then...Chemistry (and all other "spyglasses" and "microscopes", that we, humans, use to view what surrounds us) was even more beautiful. When Carl Sagan wrote "We are made of star stuff..." I was falling in love with science.

And Chemistry helps to know what is that "star stuff". Sometimes you just need some other name to make things more interesting and palatable to the mind.

So ... If possible, I am commiting myself to learn more chemistry and make the year 2011 my start year. I am very old. But, remembering what is written in a Aforism from Hippocrates: "Life is short, the art is long...". I must make haste, if indeed I want to learn more about Chemistry, or anything else for that matter. Maybe I have not told you much about me or my relation to Chemistry but I have been truthful in what I wrote.

One last remark, I wrote "I was falling in love...". Yes. In a Platonic fashion. Without reaction... So I got lost along the way.

Your truly,

Nuno Cristelo