How catalytic events change the course of history: From the 9/11 attacks to the coronavirus pandemic
By Ugo Bardi, Cassandra's legacy
If you are a chemist, you know very well how catalysts can work small miracles: you had been trying for some time to have a reaction occur, without success, then you add a little pinch of something and - suddenly - things go "bang." In no time, the reaction is complete. Of course, as a chemist you know that catalysts don't really work miracles: all they can do is to accelerate reaction that would occur anyway.