February 5, 2009

Can You Say Hydrophilic?

Stephen McNeil is a chemistry professor, a dad, and a smartass. Or at least a Canadian. It took me a couple of days of reloading, but I finally got to read his miraculous story of reaching the end of his 3-year-old daughter's tireless string of Whys.

Though I still want to know what a micelle is. And it's important not to pass up the chance to teach a kid how to pronounce and use an obscure technical term like "hydrophilic" and "hydrophobic." [In our house, "homonym" is a classic.] Guaranteed to entertain and intimidate your family and friends for years to come.

A DIALOGUE WITH SARAH, AGED 3: IN WHICH IT IS SHOWN THAT IF YOUR DAD IS A CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR, ASKING "WHY" CAN BE DANGEROUS [scq.ubc.ca]

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Really enjoyed that dialogue!

(Although it makes me realise that our kid is doomed. Both parents are PhDs. And Canadian. I see lots of lectures and long-winded answers in his future...)

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