Science: Deuterium v. Diplogen

Last week U. S. chemists and physicists girded up their loins for war on their British colleagues. A U. S. discoverer's right to name his own discovery had been challenged from abroad. Scientific relations between the two countries were described as "very tense." Professor Harold Clayton Urey* of Columbia University has baptized the isotope of heavy hydrogen he discovered two years ago deuterium (Greek deuteros, second). He wants deuteron or deuton to be the name of its atomic nucleus. Discussing the matter last December before the Royal Society, Lord Rutherford, head...

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