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Critical Comments on “One Molecule, Two Atoms, Three Views, Four Bonds?”



The arguments that are given in the original trialogue in favor of a quadruply bonded C2, in which the bond is claimed to be stronger than that in HC[TRIPLE BOND]CH, are judged invalid by the authors of this Correspondence. They also disagree with some statements about the stability of molecules and the virtue of chemical research beyond synthetic chemistry.