International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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What's in a Name? Histories of Units and Constants

Activity by Carmen Giunta   |   added on Apr 01, 2011   |   United States Official_iyc_logo

Sponsor(s): American Chemical Society's Committee on Nomenclature, Terminology, and Symbols and its Division of the History of Chemistry

A half-day symposium on the histories of named units and constants at the 241st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Anaheim, CA, March 29, 2011, 8:30-11:50 am at Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel, Redondo Room

What’s in a name?  Units and constants named after people remind us of the fact that science is a human endeavor.  The community of scientists has made the names of certain achievers part of the active vocabulary of education and research.  The intent of this symposium is to showcase the lives and work of several scientists whose names live on as units and constants used by chemists.

The symposium could be of interest to a wide variety of chemists because units and constants are part of the formative background of all chemists.  We’ve all learned about Avogadro’s number, for example, whether or not it is part of our current work.


Topic: units, constants, history of chemistry Audience: students, professional chemists
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