posted on Feb, 3 2012 @ 08:53 PM
Originally posted by GeorgiaGirl
Originally posted by OrphenFire
reply to post by GeorgiaGirl
If she crafted a model of a theoretical molecule that has never been conceptualized before, then yes, she did discover a new molecule. If it was just
a random bunch of atoms that have no meaning, then it would be tinker toys, but the fact is, the chemistry professor said it is possibly a high energy
Here's his publication: www.sciencedirect.com...
You were saying?
Well, my husband the chemistry professor with a PhD in medicinal chemistry agrees with me.
*She* didn't discover it. She made a cool model. She had no idea what she was building. The chemistry professor her teacher sent the photo to did
all of the science here.
Look, I agree it's cool that she is listed on his publication. I also think it's cool that she is now excited about chemistry. She's clearly bright.
I hope she decides to pursue chemistry as she goes through school.
edit on 3-2-2012 by GeorgiaGirl because: (no reason given)
Well, I was going to just comment on the article itself until I read your two "gems' of a post and so I will add you and your PHD wielding husband to
the staff of the university as well.
The most amazing thing to me about this story is all the egg heads with huge egos, that had their egos apparently bruised, by a ten year old girl
discovering a new molecule. And yes she did discover it and in fact would still have discovered it even if the slanderous accusations of the
university, ie "she just randomly threw some stuff together."were true, which they aren't, because if she was randomly throwing it together, her model
would have been just that; random. The reason she would have still discovered it is because we don't strip the term of discovery from adult and
educated scientist, even when they "accidentally" discover something. The history of science is filled with scientists who set out to do one thing,
fail and yet through their accident they often discover something else.
Here just for you I include a link to a NOVA article listing accidental discoveries in science, I guess every scientist they mention should have the
word discovery jealously ripped from them as well.
wow accidental "discoveries"
The fact is the girl did discover something and I have a feeling that what is really bruising all the eggheads egos is that they know if and I do say
if, the molecule is synthesized in the future and turns out profitable this girl might get a Nobel Prize or even some royalties and she will be able
to live the good life while they continue to slave away in their ivory towers.
And the thing that saddens me is people like you and the university, instead of actually encouraging this girl to continue studying science might in
fact just turn her off to it. I mean put yourself in her shoes, she just did something really cool and yet, so many adult eggheads are turning around
saying "meh nice kid, but you didn't really do anything." And if you are a teacher, then your probably one of the reasons US education is a joke.
Better to let the kids be taught by computers probably, far cheaper anyway and frankly probably couldn't be worse as far as result.
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