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Science  08 Jun 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5523, pp. 1843
DOI: 10.1126/science.1062438

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Oxygen. Carl Djerassi and Roald Hoffmann. Wiley-VCH, New York, 2001. 128 pp. Paper, $14.95, £9.99. ISBN 3-527-30413-4.

Oxygen. Carl Djerassi and Roald Hoffmann. Lyceum Theatre, San Diego, CA, 2 to 7 April 2001. See www.djerassi.com/oxygen/oxygen2.html for future performances.

Who discovered oxygen: Scheele, Priestly, or Lavoisier? Hoping to combine entertainment and education, two renowned chemists turned playwrights consider the question by creating a 1777 meeting of the protagonists and a committee to award "retro-Nobels."