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Harry Kroto video recorded in 1995.

In 1985 an experiment, designed to unravel the carbon chemistry in Red Giant Stars, revealed the existence of C60 Buckminsterfullerene (the third allotropic form of carbon). The story of the discovery and the way its symmetry relates to the natural and physical world are described. This elegant cage molecule which has the same shape as a football heralds a new era of novel 21st Century Materials.





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Buckminsterfullerene, C60, the Celestial Sphere that Fell to Earth - Sir Harold Kroto, Sussex University

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