TIL that the chemical element Berkelium is named after the University of California, Berkeley, which is named after the city of Berkeley, which is named after the philosopher George Berkeley, who, ironically, believed that the physical world does not actually exist.

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As the wiki says, the proper pronunciation of his name is BAR-clay, which every philosophy professor will say as often as possible. Source: philosophy major


Is it ironic? Does berkelium prove our physical existence is real? Don’t at me, real world believers.


Take *that*, Berkeley!


While always located in Berkeley, CA, it was still simply the University of California when Berkelium was discovered in 1949.


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