Saturday, October 9, 2010

Diamond Soufflé

Graphite (as graphene)

Isn't it obvious looking at their structures why so many attempts to make synthetic diamonds fall flat and make graphite instead?

This is backed by thermodynamic data so argue only if you dare.


  1. Comparing graphite to a diamond is more or less like comparing coal to a diamond in terms of structure, but I agree with Jason, above, neither one goes well with a good steak or a bottle of Bordeaux.

  2. Sorry to disappoint you two--I was just trying to make an obvious point about entropy.

  3. I know, El Pollo Real (if that REALLY is your name), we're just screwing with you.

    And entropy may be a cosmic constant, but it's clearly not absolute in all situations - or we wouldn't be here and neither would the stones we give to women to get laid (and defy the Second Law of Thermodynamics by reproducing).

  4. I sense that my esteemed readership is bored with pseudo-science posts.

  5. Keep posting and we'll keep reading, pondering, musing, etc.

    Don't despair because your readers are intellectual lightweights that draw linkages between diamonds and getting laid (sort of like a condo and a corvette is also a girl's best friend).