The other day I was skimming through my RSS feed looking for interesting journal articles when I found a funny paper in Angewandte Chemie, the journal whose name I really can’t properly say. It’s better than one of my previous journal club assignments: Applied Surface Science. Mike would always ask if there was anything interesting in the “ASS” journal. And sadly, there never was.
Okay, so it’s not that funny of a paper, but the title is funny: “Isolation of Two Agostic Isomers of an Organometallic Cation: Different Structures and Colors.” Well, it’s not really so much the title that is funny, but the fact that I misread the title as “agnostic isomers.” I thought it meant that they were molecules who couldn’t decide what shape to take (or what to believe in). It turns out that agnostic means a weak interaction where a transition metal interacts with a carbon-hydrogen bond. Less interesting than agnostic isomers in my opinion.