The Professor’s Car and Watch (Q&A with The Prof)

published on July 9, 2020

What is a chemical reaction that youhave not seen but you would like to do Ithink that most chemical reactions arereally exciting and particularly whenthey've filmed by Brady who can dothings very close up in slow motion and

Things like that and over the lastnearly 12 years with periodic videosthere are all sorts of reactions that Ithought were a bit boring which haveturned out to be really beautiful sothis is actually much better than I

Intended because I was going to make itpurple and make it go clear and here youcan see I'm pouring in the purplesolution and it's disappearing and ifyou ask most chemists the things thatreally turn them on about chemistry is

Seeing colored precipitates formingcolor changes all sorts of reactionseven the occasional explosion what isyour career greatest achievement tosurvive till my age I'm also quite proudthat I've worked in lots of different

Areas of chemistry this probably meansthat I'm not as famous as if I hadstayed as a specialist in one particulararea but it's been such fun exploring somany different areas if you helpeddiscover the next super-heavy element

And you were asked to name it what wouldyou call itI've been asked once or twice by bradywhen new elements have been discovered iquite liked the name planck him aftermax planck but i must say that i don't

Get quite as excited about naming ofelements for some other people though Ido think it was a really good choice toname element 118 after URI again isyoung how does it feel to be or do youconsider yourself to be an Internet

YouTube celebrity I think if I'm acelebrity at all I'm a fairly minor oneso it means that I can gopublic places without being mobbed bymany people I occasionally meet fans andthat's really quite fun but some of the

People who appear as scientists ontelevision mainstream television cannotgo into a restaurant or bar withouthundreds of people coming around themasking for autographs and other thingsyou don't have that problem not yet

What is your personal hobby do you likesports cars luxury watches the answer isI don't like the sports cars I've hadthe same brand of car for nearly 40years more than 40 years and the currentone is blue and what kind of car is it

It's a folks Bergen Passat and I'mslightly ashamed now because it has adiesel engine that has emission levelsthat are higher but since most weeks Iwalk considerably further than I drive Idon't think that this is a serious

Environmental problem and you can see Ihave a pretty standard watch the problemis that digital watches which i thinkare much better than analog ones andbecoming unfashionable now it's quitedifficult to find them now and I suppose

My hobby is buying books and readingthem a lot of people have asked I knowyou answered this before but maybe it'schanged do you have a favorite elementand a question that we haven't heardbefore

Do you have an unfavorite element a mostdisliked element so well let me answerfirs I don't have a most dislikedelement what's extraordinary is I usedto think that lots of elements wereboring there every time we make a video

About an element even one that I thoughtwas boring I suddenly find it's reallymuch more interesting than I thought soI don't think now they're any boringelements at all even the one that'scalled boron and as you know my

Colleague debbie is really in love withitsomeone's even written a song sayingDebbie loves boron and I still think myfavorite element is sodium because asyou may have heard me explain my mother

Was called inna i na and there's alittle girl she shortened her name – naand my children used to call her now astheir grandmother so every time I see achemical formula with sodium in it na Ifeel a warm motherly feeling so we have

What is called a straight line setupthis is because we can't have boron inan oxygenpour on in especially in wet oxygenbecause it'll react with it and we wantto keep our our compound as nice and

Pure as possible so my students can useit for their reactions

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