1984 Hassium

The book of science

Tom Sharp

DarmstadtGottfried Münzenberg, Peter Armbruster, H. Folger, Sigurd Hofmann, Fritz Peter Heßberger, J. Keller, Klaus Poppensieker, Willibrord Reisdorf, Karl-Heinz Schmidt, H.-J. Schött, Matti Leino, R. Hingmann elements


Atomic number 108

The parable of the amateur prospector

You cannot measure the melting point of a metal unless you can put two or more of them together long enough to heat them up. This has not been accomplished for hassium. However, some chemical properties have been confirmed by gas-phase experiments.

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Other readings:

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