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Some of the text in this entry was rewritten from Los Alamos National Laboratory - Phosphorus. Additional text was taken directly from the Elements database 20001107 (via dict.org), Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (via dict.org) and WordNet (r) 1.7 (via dict.org).
Is there some special reason for redirecting phosphor to this page? If not I will change it, as in modern usage phosphors have little to do with phosphorus --Roger 12:40 UTC, 1 Sep 2003
Phosphate esters are nerve poisons
Would someone care to expand/explain that (or provide a WikiLink). IIRC, DNA contains phosphate esters, and I doubt it is a nerve poison. 184.108.40.206 15:13, 2 Aug 2004 (UTC)
Disambiguation with Phosphorus (morning star)
The element Phosphorus is one of the most typical things someone might look up in a dictionary, whereas the Greek name for a star is one of the most obscure. It is general practice to place non-significant disambiguation notices at the bottom of pages, rather than at the top where it is the first thing someone would see, due to that fact that it is unlikely in the extreme that someone looking for the obscure entry would not expect that the item they are looking for would be a mere footnote -- both figuratively and literally -- in the article in question. And by the way, the only articles that link to Phosphorus (morning star) are, in fact, Phosphorus and morning star.
- Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, not a dictionary, but that's besides the point.
- I agree: the element phosphorus is bound to be looked up more often than Phosphorus meaning Venus and so that article should take priority (in terms of where the user is taken when they search). However, Wikipedia is not designed to be used purely by Wikipedia editors or those clued up with its conventions (nor those willing to take the time to discover them), but by anybody who wants quick and helpful access to a topic. Is such a person likely to expect to find a footnote at the bottom of the element article - I certainly don't think so. I would have thought such a person would give up at that point and look elsewhere. I don't think such a person would expect the topic they're searching for to be a footnote to something entirely different. However, if the 'dab' (is that an official term?) is at the top of this article, this certainly isn't a problem.
- I think it's poor practice - even if it is a general practice - to place disambiguation notices (I don't see why their 'significance' is a factor; either they're so insignificant they don't merit an article, or they do and hence shouldn't be hidden away) at the bottom of articles, since this makes the task of the user so much harder, whereas surely an encyclopedia should strive to make access to information as easy as possible.
- How relevant the links to the page are I'm unsure: I would have thought many people access information by entering search terms, rather than coming from a different page, and so will not have the clarification of the article's name you seem to imply.
- --Owen&rob 22:09, 22 Sep 2004 (UTC)
Discovery of Phosphorus
Phosphorus was actualy made in Roman times when early scientist had the theory that something with the same color as another they could turn it into the other. so scientist colected urine from military barracs and other places in order to "create" gold.
This article covers blue phosphorus.
- It sounds like this WP article doesn't cover blu P, but the physics org news article does.
WP is a work in progress, and always will be unless thedonald blows up the planet.
I'm slick IMO, and have abt 16 years of experience in Wp editing, but anyone with more Chem background than I would be wise to add bare-prose content and wait for a colleague to do the slickifying!
--JerzyA (talk) 05:50, 11 November 2019 (UTC)
Small Edit Request
This page is semi-protected, so I cannot edit it. Can someone make the following edit?
From: "Black phosphorus is the least reactive allotrope and the thermodynamically stable form below 550 °C (1,022 °F)."
To: "Black phosphorus is the least reactive allotrope and the most thermodynamically stable form below 550 °C (1,022 °F)."