

(L. arsenicum, Gr. arsenikon, yellow orpiment, identified with arenikos, male, from thebelief that metals were different sexes; Arabic, Azzernikh, the orpiment from Persianzernizar, gold) Elemental arsenic occurs in two solid modifications: yellow, and gray ormetallic, with specific gravities of 1.97, and 5.73, respectively. It is believed thatAlbertus Magnus obtained the element in 1250 A.D. In 1649 Schroeder published two methodsof preparing the element. Mispickel, arsenopyrite, (FeSAs) is the most common mineral fromwhich, on heating, the arsenic sublimes leaving ferrous sulfide.
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'A theory with mathematical beauty is more likely to be correct than an ugly one that fits some experimental data. God is a mathematician of a very high order, and He used very advanced mathematics in constructing the universe.'
Paul Dirac
(19021984)