Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Proud to Present Element #112 Copernicium

Professor Sigurd Hofmann’s team from the Centre for Heavy Ion Research at the University of Darmstadt, whose discovery of Element #112 was recently confirmed by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, have suggested that their newly discovered element should be named Copernicium, symbol Cp, in honour of the astronomer Nicolas Copernicus. By the way,  the linked article manages to repeat several myths about Copernicus and his work that I will certainly deal with in future postings.

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