Update: Just noticed that the PDF isn't looking so great in places, so I've taken it down until I can fix it. In the mean time, please enjoy the DOC file.
I'm off for a long weekend of sea cliff climbing in beautiful southwest England, which means I may not be doing so much blogging this weekend. More things next week, but in the meantime - a special treat!
A few weeks ago I suggested to a wise coworker of mine that he should write something for this site and I'd put it up as a guest blog post. Well, I received an email yesterday from him yesterday and, breathless with excitement, opened the attached file. I'd expected an insightful piece on the future directions of organic synthesis, something in the vein of Dieter Seebach's famous Angew. Chem. article (although with fewer than 500 references), but what I'd been sent was even more exciting. Named Reaction Top Trumps!
Named Reaction Top Trumps 1.0 (56 cards) [PDF][DOC]
Man, I can think of so many uses for these... revision, confusing other commuters on train journeys, maintaining the illusion of thinking about chemistry at tea breaks etc. I think this is an awesome idea (and I can say that, because it wasn't mine in any way, shape or form), and I'm sure people will have as much fun printing them out and passing them round the lab as I have. This is only version 1.0 so the numbers probably need a bit of tweaking and there may be a few mistakes but here you go, world. As far as I can tell, this hasn't been done yet. And remember, you saw it here first!
I'd love to know what people think - corrections, suggestions for new catagories or reactions etc.