Scatological Quotes (1 quote)
Immediately south of nitrogen is phosphorus, which was first isolated by the distillation and treatment of urine—an indication of the lengths to which chemists are prepared to go, or perhaps only a sign of the obsessive, scatological origins of their vocation.
In The Periodic Kingdom: A Journey Into the Land of the Chemical Elements (1995), 20. [On the Periodic Table, nitrogen and phosphorus are in the same Group, a column headed by nitrogen. Phosphorus is located immediately below, or “south” if the Periodic Table is viewed as analogous to a map. —Webmaster]