Volume 85 Issue 5 | pp. 37-40
Issue Date: January 29, 2007

The Chemical Bond

Whether it's sextuple bonds or bonds involving no shared electrons, chemists chase down new modes of bonding
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"SOMETIMES IT SEEMS to me that a bond between two atoms has become so real, so tangible, so friendly, that I can almost see it. Then I awake with a little shock, for a chemical bond is not a real thing. It does not exist. No one has ever seen one. No one ever can. It is a figment of our own imagination."

This quote conveys the words of Charles A. Coulson, a prominent theoretical . . .

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