Talking of Aileen (see previous post) she just cannot believe the money that was paid for this:
'It's just a lump of carbon!' she declared. '21 million dollars for a lump of carbon?'
'We know that,' I assured her, 'but it's all about the bonds.'
'What about them?'
'The massive extended tetrahedral arrangement of all the atoms held in place by the bonding electrons,' I explained.
'Electrons?' she asked, clearly puzzled. 'You still believe in electrons?'
'Oh deary, deary me,' she said, through her translator ring of course, while shaking her little green head.
She is tiny, but sometimes she makes me feel so small.