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How can you see an atom?

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Posted April 13, 2015

Since ancient Greek times, philosophers and scientists have pondered the atom. For a couple thousand years, humans could only speculate on the structure and other properties of the smallest unit of matter.

Image source: YouTube screenshot.

Image source: YouTube screenshot.

It wasn’t until the 1980s that chemists saw individual atoms. Bestselling author Sam Kean takes us through the nearly 2,400-year quest to see the atom in a new episode of the Reactions sub-series, “Legends of Chemistry.” Check out the video here:

Source: ACS

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