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21.12 Radioactivity in Medicine and Other
It's enough to drive one crazy.
It makes one think of a tropical forest full of amazing things.
The study of compounds containing carbon is called organic chemistry.
The number of compounds that carbon forms is unique.
Every day, researchers discover new organic compounds.
A fixed number of carbon atoms can be combined with a fixed number of atoms of another element to form many different compounds.
75 distinct compounds are formed by 10 carbon atoms and 22 hydrogen atoms.
Nature is able to take the same combination of atoms and bond them together in slightly different ways because of carbon.
Life is based on the chemistry of carbon because life needs diversity to exist and organic chemistry is nothing if not diverse.
In this chapter, we look into Friedrich Wohler's "primeval tropical forest" and discover the most remarkable things.
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