Chemical Element 112 Is Officially Named 'Copernicium'The article explains the official naming of the heaviest chemical element with the atomic number 112. The element was discovered at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung and is called Copernicium with the chemical symbol CN. IUPAC officially approved and announced the name. Copernicium pays tribute to and honors the great scientist and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. Copernicium is 277 times heavier than hydrogen which makes it the heaviest element recognized by IUPAC. The announcement on February 19th2010, Copernicus’ birthday, follows the tradition of naming elements after merited scientists. Copernicus was born in 1473 in Poland. He is noted for his work in astronomy specifically his heliocentric world view and understanding of the Sun being the center of our solar system.This week’s studies on the atom relate to this new discovery which illustrates how far we have come since the Greek atom. The Greek translation for atom is “uncuttable”.
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