Triply-True Elements by Mike Keith

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A set of thirty-six chemical elements, anagrammed into a different set of thirty-six elements.

hydrogen + xenon + barium + tantalum + boron + praseodymium + iridium + hassium + plutonium + thallium + germanium + scandium + thulium + einsteinium + erbium + cadmium + beryllium + tin + actinium + seaborgium + carbon + fluorine + indium + osmium + nitrogen + potassium + lead + protactinium + silicon + lutetium + rhenium + mercury + argon + neodymium + platinum + thorium

=

lanthanum + oxygen + terbium + radon + samarium + dysprosium + iodine + bohrium + aluminium + chromium + palladium + tungsten + lithium + caesium + dubnium + meitnerium + niobium + ytterbium + gallium + arsenic + iron + sodium + nobelium + francium + astatine + strontium + copper + gadolinium + yttrium + selenium + curium + chlorine + promethium + gold + uranium + antimony

 

Also, if you replace each element with its atomic number (= position in the periodic table), there is still equality.

H + Xe + Ba + Ta + B + Pr + Ir + Hs + Pu + Tl + Ge + Sc + Tm + Es + Er + Cd + Be + Sn + Ac + Sg + C + F + In + Os + N + K + Pb + Pa + Si + Lu + Re + Hg + Ar + Nd + Pt + Th

H
1

 

He
2

Li
3

Be
4

 

B
5

C
6

N
7

O
8

F
9

Ne
10

Na
11

Mg
12

 

Al
13

Si
14

P
15

S
16

Cl
17

Ar
18

K
19

Ca
20

Sc
21

Ti
22

V
23

Cr
24

Mn
25

Fe
26

Co
27

Ni
28

Cu
29

Zn
30

Ga
31

Ge
32

As
33

Se
34

Br
35

Kr
36

Rb
37

Sr
38

Y
39

Zr
40

Nb
41

Mo
42

Tc
43

Ru
44

Rh
45

Pd
46

Ag
47

Cd
48

In
49

Sn
50

Sb
51

Te
52

I
53

Xe
54

Cs
55

Ba
56

La*
57

Hf
72

Ta
73

W
74

Re
75

Os
76

Ir
77

Pt
78

Au
79

Hg
80

Tl
81

Pb
82

Bi
83

Po
84

At
85

Rn
86

Fr
87

Ra
88

Ac#
89

Rf
104

Db
105

Sg
106

Bh
107

Hs
108

Mt
109

Ds
110

 

 

 

*

Ce
58

Pr
59

Nd
60

Pm
61

Sm
62

Eu
63

Gd
64

Tb
65

Dy
66

Ho
67

Er
68

Tm
69

Yb
70

Lu
71

 

 

#

Th
90

Pa
91

U
92

Np
93

Pu
94

Am
95

Cm
96

Bk
97

Cf
98

Es
99

Fm
100

Md
101

No
102

Lr
103

 

1 + 54 + 56 + 73 + 5 + 59 + 77 + 108 + 94 + 81 + 32 + 21 + 69 + 99 + 68 + 48 + 4 + 50 + 89 + 106 + 6 + 9 + 49 + 76 + 7 + 19 + 82 + 91 + 14 + 71 + 75 + 80 + 18 + 60 + 78 + 90

 

=

 

La + O + Tb + Rn + Sm + Dy + I + Bh + Al + Cr + Pd + W + Li + Cs + Db + Mt + Nb + Yb + Ga + As + Fe + Na + No + Fr + At + Sr + Cu + Gd + Y + Se + Cm + Cl + Pm + Au + U + Sb

H
1

 

He
2

Li
3

Be
4

 

B
5

C
6

N
7

O
8

F
9

Ne
10

Na
11

Mg
12

 

Al
13

Si
14

P
15

S
16

Cl
17

Ar
18

K
19

Ca
20

Sc
21

Ti
22

V
23

Cr
24

Mn
25

Fe
26

Co
27

Ni
28

Cu
29

Zn
30

Ga
31

Ge
32

As
33

Se
34

Br
35

Kr
36

Rb
37

Sr
38

Y
39

Zr
40

Nb
41

Mo
42

Tc
43

Ru
44

Rh
45

Pd
46

Ag
47

Cd
48

In
49

Sn
50

Sb
51

Te
52

I
53

Xe
54

Cs
55

Ba
56

La*
57

Hf
72

Ta
73

W
74

Re
75

Os
76

Ir
77

Pt
78

Au
79

Hg
80

Tl
81

Pb
82

Bi
83

Po
84

At
85

Rn
86

Fr
87

Ra
88

Ac#
89

Rf
104

Db
105

Sg
106

Bh
107

Hs
108

Mt
109

Ds
110

 

 

 

*

Ce
58

Pr
59

Nd
60

Pm
61

Sm
62

Eu
63

Gd
64

Tb
65

Dy
66

Ho
67

Er
68

Tm
69

Yb
70

Lu
71

 

 

#

Th
90

Pa
91

U
92

Np
93

Pu
94

Am
95

Cm
96

Bk
97

Cf
98

Es
99

Fm
100

Md
101

No
102

Lr
103

 

57 + 8 + 65 + 86 + 62 + 66 + 53 + 107 + 13 + 24 + 46 + 74 + 3 + 55 + 105 + 109 + 41 + 70 + 31 + 33 + 26 + 11 + 102 + 87 + 85 + 38 + 29 + 64 + 39 + 34 + 96 + 17 + 61 + 79 + 92 + 51

[= 2019]

 

Furthermore, if you take the letter values (A=1, B=2, C=3 etc.) of each element abbreviation (e.g. lanthanum (La) = 12+1 = 13)
and add them up, the sum of each side is the same - yet another level of equality, making this a "triply-true" anagram.

H + Xe + Ba + Ta + B + Pr +
Ir + Hs + Pu + Tl + Ge + Sc +
Tm + Es + Er + Cd + Be + Sn +
Ac + Sg + C + F + In + Os +
N + K + Pb + Pa + Si + Lu +
Re + Hg + Ar + Nd + Pt + Th

8 + 29 + 3 + 21 + 2 + 34 +
27 + 27 + 37 + 32 + 12 + 22 +
33 + 24 + 23 + 7 + 7 + 33 +
4 + 26 + 3 + 6 + 23 + 34 +
14 + 11 + 18 + 17 + 28 + 33 +
23 + 15 + 19 + 18 + 36 + 28

=

La + O + Tb + Rn + Sm + Dy +
I + Bh + Al + Cr + Pd + W +
Li + Cs + Db + Mt + Nb + Yb +
Ga + As + Fe + Na + No + Fr +
At + Sr + Cu + Gd + Y + Se +
Cm + Cl + Pm + Au + U + Sb

13 + 15 + 22 + 32 + 32 + 29 +
9 + 10 + 13 + 21 + 20 + 23 +
21 + 22 + 6 + 33 + 16 + 27 +
8 + 20 + 11 + 15 + 29 + 24 +
21 + 37 + 24 + 11 + 25 + 24 +
16 + 15 + 29 + 22 + 21 + 21

 

[= 737]


NOTES:

(1) I spent some time thinking about the conflicting spellings which exist for three elements: aluminium/aluminum, caesium/cesium, and sulphur/sulfur. I decided that the "right" thing to do was to use the IUPAC-standardized names, a list of which can be found on the IUPAC web site.
Note that Caesium is listed as the preferred spelling for that element, with cesium as a (presumably) acceptable alternative, and the same for Aluminium/aluminum. But note that Sulfur (yes, the "American" spelling!) is the only spelling listed for that element. From this I conclude that the "right" spellings to use for these three elements is Caesium, Aluminium, and Sulfur. As it turns out, I don't use Sulfur above, just the other two. At any rate, the anagram uses only the IUPAC-preferred spellings for all elements, which I think makes it an improvement over all my previous chemical anagrams.

(2) A side note for those who might be interested: element 110 was given a name by IUPAC (Darmstadtium (Ds), after Darmstadt, Germany where it was discovered) only very recently, in August 2003. I allowed inclusion of this element if need be, but I didn't end up using it.


This anagram won an Anagrammy in October 2003 (Special Category).

Updated: May 10, 2016


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