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May 08, 2010


That is a great way to solve problems. I envy you. My only solutions to problems "in my sleep" comes from waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to get back to sleep while I ruminate on some problem. Naturally, I loose sleep in the process. I look forward to continued coverage on the BP well. It is great to have someone who can cut through the media hype and deliver the truth.

Structure of benzene determined after a dream.


Here Kekulé spoke of the creation of the theory. He said that he had discovered the ring shape of the benzene molecule after having a reverie or day-dream of a snake seizing its own tail (this is a common symbol in many ancient cultures known as the Ouroboros or Endless knot). This vision, he said, came to him after years of studying the nature of carbon-carbon bonds.

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