The Wonders of a Temperature-Controlled Pericyclic Reaction

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The molecules look similar. The mechanisms look similar. The electrons flow everywhere, alive with a purpose that only they understand.

Chemistry, sometimes, is a maze. It confuses. It holds on to its secrets, unyielding. Yet, when it decides to be honest and philosophical, it can be quite stunning. It's an ugly duckling with the potential to be a dazzling swan.

Take, for example, the reaction below:
Observe how the change of temperature can cause a reagent to alter its form, its very physical being. Just by regulating one factor, the structure of a compound fluxes.

The molecules understand. They know that they must move on with life. Be adaptable. That they must change or decompose. That all they have to do is to survive. In their way, they are resilient.

They don't yearn to be rich or good-looking or famous. They don't care even if they happen to be. They don't hold on to the past, always longing for what could have been. They don't look to the future, fearful of what could be. They don't, they just don't.

They are strong, stronger than what we imagine them to be. They are resilient, perhaps more resilient than we could ever be. And in their strength, in their resilience, there is beauty.

When the temperature changes, they change.

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