Science: CHEMICAL BALLET

Last week some Maryland chemists (the Maryland section of the American Chemical Society) stuck their collective neck out. To entertain fellow chemists, meeting in Baltimore, they staged a show the like of which no chemist or choreographer had ever seen—a "chemical ballet." The theory was that the formation, movement and dissociation of molecules, the nuclear spins of electrons, etc., could be represented by appropriate music and dancing. The music was written by Dr. Donald Hatch Andrews, a musically inclined chemistry professor at Johns Hopkins, in collaboration with one of his students. The choreography was arranged by Carol Lynn Fetser,...

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