June 23, 2024

Warcos World: What turns an idea into a science

Warcos World: What turns an idea into a science

When August Kekulé, a professor of chemistry from Ghent, nodded in his office in 1861, he saw dancing carbon and hydrogen atoms and the Ouroboros, a mythical serpent bending in a circle and biting its own tail. The dream, or so Kekulé claimed, gave him crucial insight into the cyclic structure of the benzene molecule—one of the great achievements in the history of organic chemistry.