Shades of Bob Hope and his theme song “Thanks…. for the memory”. Well, I’m showing my age. But, as we celebrate one of our traditional holidays, we should consider how much chemistry has contributed to our way of life and to celebrate its achievements and the giants who gave us today’s chemical world. And we should also consider how fortunate we are to sit down at our Thanksgiving dinner when so much of the world’s population goes to bed hungry. For people living in regions where agriculture practices must improve to feed the rapidly growing population, chemistry will have an importan role. (See also my previous post).
As the International Year of Chemistry comes to a close, it is worth noting how many countries issued stamps to mark its observance. These stamps were on the cover of a recent issue of Philatelia Chimica et Physica, the journal of the Chemistry and Physics on-Stamps Study Unit (Vol. 33, No. 1, Winter 2011). Many other countries issued IYC commemorative stamps during the past year.
Hilda and I were walking along a boardwalk adjoining the Elbe river in Dresden recently and found a poster vendor who was profiting from the IYC in his own way. The rhyme is, of course, in German – sorry, but my attempt to translate it into English was totally unsuccessful.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!