Andrew the Giant Luck Retires

Thinking about the NFL’s S-curve

Students of chemistry are achingly familiar with the S curve, not only because we had to stare at so many of them while preparing for our lab sections on acids and bases, but also because so many of us bombed those very lab sections. We hadn’t mastered the delicate dance of cracking open stopcock on a burette just enough while keeping our eye on the pH meter to accurately record the moment that liquid hit. I have fond memories of my chemistry days, but I can’t quite remember why I needed to know the equivalence point between…