As a sturdy, practical, follow-the-rules medical doctor–the kind the institutions meant to turn out–well, that is, until I stayed home to homeschool my kids–taking a fresh look at food and nutritional guidelines has blown my light bulb. Currently, I’m sorting through fiber as it relates to butyrate production. I’m learning all “fiber” is not “fiber.” Can it get any more confusing?
Anyhow, this fall I have been teaching two chemistry classes to our homeschool group’s students. Seeing the chemistry again has been rejuvenating (and somewhat exhausting), but it was a personal chemistry story that caught my attention. Mendeleyev (or Mendeleev) geniously created the periodic table, well before we knew about protons and all the existing elements. When he organized the table, he left gaps in appropriate places for undiscovered elements and predicted their properties based on his observations. It was brilliant.
“The scientific community laughed at Mendeleyev…
… until a French scientist discovered one of his predicted elements in 1875.”
We would all do well to not laugh, particularly when we think we know.
Source of information and quote: Discovery Education website. 2006.