TFX - Natural History Museum - 10


Team FREDNET had a great visit to learn about the history of science at the Natural History Museum, in Los Angeles, California.  We are still exploring just some of the exhibits on display in the hall of gems and minerals.  Many of these specimens are perfect or near perfect, very rare to find or see.  It is amazing to think that the very shapes of these objects lead man to more questions about them, which lead to a journey of discovery.  From before recorded history, man was making stone tools by fracturing rocks; he learned what kinds of rocks to use and how to fracture them for his own purposes.  That skill can be traced forward in time to the stone masons of Europe whom also had the knowledge in their hands alone, of how to work stone, split it, form it, and create the great gothic cathedrals of Europe.  It is that very property of rocks and minerals to fracture along certain angles or lines, which helped us to understand the atom, molecules, and modern chemistry.  Science began with a hands on skill, observed properties which supported that skill, and then added "wonder",...  about the reasons why!  (NOTE:  The word I was trying to remember in the video was "ISOMER", and even said that, but was thinking of "ISOTOPE", which was wrong,...   ISOMER, was the correct word to describe molecules with the same chemical composition, but with slightly different shape or structure.  This causes some slightly different or unique chemical properties as well.)

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