Californium

1950

Californium

The book of science

Tom Sharp


BerkeleyStanley Gerald Thompson, Kenneth Street, Jr., Albert Ghiorso, Glenn T. Seaborg elements

Californium

Atomic number 98

Naming rights


Peter van der Krogt has pointed out that all of the several origins of the name California are disputed, although it is common believed that the state was named after the Queen Califia and island of California in the novel The Adventures of Esplandián by Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo. The southern tip of the Baja peninsula, which had the name first, was originally thought to have been an island. The element, Californium, however, is not an island of stability. The fictional island of stability lies in only fictional elements much heavier than Californium.

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Other readings:

  • Californium,” Elementymology & Elements Multidict, by Peter van der Krogt