Nanotech Database

Article Title:
Rhapsody in C

Toumey, Chris

Journal Information:
Nature Nanotechnology
Vol. 3, Num. 11


In this article, Toumey leads the reader to more fully appreciate the beauty inherent in science, particularly where the buckminsterfullerene molecule is concerned. Sixty carbon atoms, fitting together with the perfect symmetry of an icosahedrons, or a soccer ball, were brought together under the careful guidance of a small army of scientists and graduate students in multiple universities to form the most aesthetically pleasing molecule in creation. What Toumey recognizes in the words of the scientists involved is a distinct love for the molecule and what it represents, a love that goes beyond scientific theory and approaches something sublime. Through studying these men and their breakthrough, Toumey realizes that he, too, can see beauty in nature and beauty in scientific discovery.