22 February 2019

The Asymptote of Progress - part the fourteenth

A recurring theme in these endeavors is that actual progress was/is driven by the filling out of the periodic table. Turns out that 2019 is the 150th anniversary of the first attempt at the table. So, here's some reporting memorializing the year.
Quite literally, the periodic table and quantum mechanics explain everything that is familiar about the world. They explain water and rock and people. They explain how the air we breathe oxygenates our lungs. They explain how fires burn and why diamonds are what they are.

So, I guess it's true that progress has been driven by the filling in of the periodic table. Which, I guess, tells us about the future of progress.

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