15 7 / 2012


"But the champion is vitamin B12, a complicated cobalt complex with a three-dimensional structure of great intricacy. No chemist would learn this structure but would look it up in an advanced textbook of organic chemistry. You will find it in such books in the index under vitamin B12 and not under its systematic name. We do not even know what its systematic name might be and we are not very interested. This is vitamin B12."

from Organic Chemistry by Clayden et al.

"But the champion is vitamin B12, a complicated cobalt complex with a three-dimensional structure of great intricacy. No chemist would learn this structure but would look it up in an advanced textbook of organic chemistry. You will find it in such books in the index under vitamin B12 and not under its systematic name. We do not even know what its systematic name might be and we are not very interested. This is vitamin B12."

from Organic Chemistry by Clayden et al.

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  25. againstagamemnon said: α-(5,6-dimethylbenzimidazolyl)cobamidcyanide. Alternatively, cobalamin, or cyanocobalamin. But yeah, vitamin B12 is how most people, laypersons and chemists alike, will recognize it.
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