Buckyball Quotes (4 quotes)
It turned out that the buckyball, the soccer ball, was something of a Rosetta stone of an infinite new class of molecules.
It [buckyballs, C60 by Richard Smalley] was an absolutely electrifying discovery. Within a year or two, you couldnt pick up a chemistry journal without one-third of the articles being about fullerenes.
Soccer ball C60 quickly became a sort of Rosetta Stone leading to the discovery of a new world of geodesic structures of pure carbon built on the nanometer scale.
The discovery that these soccer-ball-like molecules can be made in large quantities will have an effect on chemistry like the sowing of a bucket of flower seedsthe results will spring up everywhere from now on. Id be surprised if we dont see thousands of new fullerene compounds in the next few years, some of which are almost certain to have important uses.