Prof. Mordecai Erasmus Oglethorpe, the 9th day of July in the year 1879, developing research partnerships in the Collegium:
I must remark on the simultaneously fortuitous and tragic circumstances of my current environs. Tragic in that dangers abound in both the natural environment and manmade settlements, and the inhabitants often fall victim to any number of deadly incidents. Fortuitous in that there are abundant opportunities to provide assistance to the doctors and medical staff in treating those grievously wounded, thus allowing scholarly progress and insight into potential future beneficial applications of ghost rock technology.
Key to these medical and biological applications are the properties of ghost rock at the molecular level. Briefly, a molecule of a substance is a small body such that if, on the one hand, a number of similar molecules were assembled together they would form a mass of that substance, while on the other hand, if any portion of this molecule were removed, it would no longer be able, along with an assemblage of other molecules similarly treated, to make up a mass of the original substance.
Every substance, simple or compound, has its own molecule. If this molecule be divided, its parts are molecules of a different substance or substances from that of which the whole is a molecule. An atom, if there is such a thing, must be a molecule of an elementary substance. Since, therefore, every molecule is not an atom, but every atom is a molecule, I shall use the word molecule as the more general term.
It is not my intention to expound on the doctrines of modern chemistry with respect to the molecules of different substances. It is not the special but the universal interest of molecular science which encourages me to pursue this course of inquiry. Considering the passion of myself and other researcher, it is not because we happen to be chemists or physicists or specialists of any kind that we are attracted towards this centre of all material existence, but because we all belong to a race endowed with faculties which urge us on to search deep and ever deeper into the nature of things.
We find that now, as in the days of the earliest physical speculations, all physical researches appear to converge towards the same point, and every inquirer, as he looks forward into the dim region towards which the path of discovery is leading him, sees, each according to his sight, the vision of the same quest. One may see the atom as a material point, invested and surrounded by potential forces. Another sees no garment of force, but only the bare and utter hardness of mere impenetrability.
But though many a speculator, as he has seen the vision recede before him into the innermost sanctuary of the inconceivably little, has had to confess that the quest was not for him, and though philosophers in every age have been exhorting each other to direct their minds to some more useful and attainable aim, each generation, from the earliest dawn of science to the present time, has contributed a due proportion of its ablest intellects to the quest of the ultimate atom.
The old atomic theory, as described by Lucretius and revived in modern times, asserts that the molecules of all bodies are in motion, even when the body itself appears to be at rest. These motions of molecules are in the case of solid bodies confined within so narrow a range that even with our best microscopes we cannot detect that they alter their places at all. In liquids and gases, however, the molecules are not confined within any definite limits, but work their way through the whole mass, even when that mass is not disturbed by any visible motion.
This process of diffusion, as it is called, which goes on in gases and liquids and even in some solids, can be subjected to experiment, and forms one of the most convincing proofs of the motion of molecules. In my recent work, this property of diffusion is hypothesized to facilitate the spread of the ghost rock infused rejuvenation.
This past week, an unfortunate prospector was brought into the Collegium’s medical facility after suffering extensive injuries from a ghost rock explosion. Despite the heroic efforts of the very skilled physicians, the burns and internal organ damage were too severe and the poor soul was slowly dying in excruciating pain. As a last resort, the surgeon and I calibrated my apparatus in an attempt to replicate young Victor’s process. While undeniably a success, the rejuvenation of such massive damage was quite…dramatic.