Thursday, May 24, 2007

Nanotubes, again

IPBiz could not help but notice the following text at page 78 of the May 2007 issue of Scientific American:

Carbon nanotubes were first discovered several decades ago but no one realized their value at the time. Then, in 1991, Japanese chemist Sumio Ijima of NEC Corporation rediscovered them.

Scientific American mentions the NAME of the re-discoverer (Ijima) but NOT the name of the first discoverer. This is somewhat like the story of buckyballs, wherein C60 was reported in the Journal of Chemical Physics ONE YEAR BEFORE the publication of Smalley and Kroto.

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