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A Bank Holiday Treat

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.


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  1. I just converted the DOC file to PDF using the open source OpenOffice program. At first glance the result looks pretty good (except for Diels-Alder which needs to be reformatted in the DOC version).
    This reminds me of It’s Elementary, a card game I invented decades ago (actually 2 games; the deck could be used for something like Old Maid and something like dominos).
    While on the subject of cards, has anyone ever made chemical element trading cards that include a sample of the element (which shouldn’t be that expensive since the samples would in most cases be extremely thin foil)?

  2. I didn’t get good results with OO or PDFCreator; layout wasn’t bad but some the images for the schemes weren’t clear. I suspect that rather than copying and pasting them into Word it might be better to save them as images (png or tiff or whatever) and import them. Regarding trading cards – I’ve never heard of such a thing, but the whole concept isn’t so popular in Europe as far as I can tell. I couldn’t believe this hadn’t been done, but according to some casual googling at least, we’re the first.

  3. Amazing! Gonna print this out immediately — our group consists of card game fans.
    The “awesomeness” metrics is awesome.

  4. Suggestions:
    Swern (!), Mukaiyama (!), Kulinkovich, Shi, Eschenmoser, Myers, Dess-Martin (!), Corey-Kim, Luche (!), Barton-McCombie (!), Staudinger…

    Also, how do decide as for the discovery date? The “Kurti-Czako” book gives 1838-1839 for aldol, not 1872 (J.Prakt.Chem. 1838, 15, 129).

  5. Thanks all for your kind words and suggestions! I’ll definitely produce an updated and expanded version when I get enough time!

    Alex: I don’t know where the dates came from. If I had to guess, I’d say Wikipedia. Good spot on the aldol! I’m also tempted to put the DIBAL reduction of esters or the Nicolaou enone synthesis in just so I can give a few reproducibilities of 0…

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