For centuries, mankind sought the secret for changing base metals into gold. This practice was known as alchemy and it was a driving force in scientific research dating back to ancient Egypt. Even Sir Isaac Newton unsuccessfully pursued the secret of what is refered to as ‘The Philosopher’s Stone’.
It was not until 1980 that Nobel prize-winning chemist Glenn Seaborg, using nuclear physics, cracked the code. Seaborg, himself is responsible for the discovery of the actinoid series of elements on the Periodic Table. He synthesized a minute quantity of BISMUTH into GOLD by removing neutrons and protons from this less valued element.
On the 30th anniversary of Seaborg’s astounding achievement of transmutation, we present to you a beautiful sample of synthetic BISMUTH, what some might now consider to be ‘The Philosopher’s Stone’.
Each set is unique.The bismuth included in this collector’s series may constitute a collection of smaller pieces that display beautifully. Due to the extremely fragile nature of bismuth, some separation may occur. Approximately 2” worth of bismuth is included. Most sets will ship as 2 or 3 distinct specimens. Please handle the crystal minimally and with care.
For the first time in its 60 year history, Edmund Scientific is offering a limited edition collectible. These conversation pieces have been specially selected to inspire intellectual curiosity in both the young and the wise. Designed to help you better tell a scientific story, these keepsakes are intended to serve as a spring board to learning for generations to come.