A prominent section of homeopaths consider Avogadro as the greatest enemy of homeopathy. They seem to think that it is their duty to ‘prove’ Avogadro number ‘wrong’, in order to prove that ‘homeopathy is not placebo’! They seem to fear that whole homeopathy would collapse if Avogadro is allowed to exist!
Their question is, have you got ‘scientific evidence’ of avogadro’s constant?
The Avogadro constant is named after the early nineteenth-century Italian scientist Amedeo Avogadro, who, in 1811, first proposed that the volume of a gas (at a given pressure and temperature) is proportional to the number of atoms or molecules regardless of the nature of the gas.
Jean Perrin got nobel prize in physics in 1926 for his exhaustive work on avogadro constant. It was this French Physicist who in 1909 proposed naming the constant in honor of Avogadro. Perrin won the Nobel Prize for his monumental works in determining the Avogadro constant by several different methods.
In chemistry and physics, the Avogadro constant is defined as the ratio of the number of constituent particles (usually atoms or molecules) in a sample to the amount of substance n (unit mole) .Thus, it is the proportionality factor that relates the molar mass of an entity, i.e., the mass per amount of substance, to the mass of said entity. The Avogadro constant expresses the number of elementary entities per mole of substance and it has the value 6.02214129(27)×10^23 mol. Changes in the SI units are proposed that will change Avogadro’s constant to to exactly 6.02214X×10^23 when it is expressed in the unit mol. Whole scientific world utilizes this Avogadro constant in all calculations in physics and chemistry, and it is found correct.
But our ‘classical homeopaths’ will not believe in avogadro constant without ‘scientific evidence’! They think the swedish academy was mistaken by wrongly awarding nobel prize to Jean Perrin without enough ‘scientific evidence’ for his works on avogadro constant! I can only pity for these people calling themselves ‘classical homeopaths’, for their ignorance or closed mindedness, whatever it may be.
Most funny thing is, these people are never bothered about the ‘scientific evidences’ for those aphorisms in organon! They never ask for ‘scientific evidence’ for ‘miasms’ or ‘vital force’ or ‘similia similibus curentur’. They never ask for ‘scientific evidence’ for all those nonsense theories preached as part of homeopathy. They never ask for ‘scientific evidence’ for all those occult practices done by so-called homeopaths in the name of CAM!
But they want ‘scientific evidence’ for Avogadro’s Theory! They want ‘scientific evidence’ only when somebody talks about some scientific ideas. They instantly will jump in to prove ‘science is unscientific’, and that ‘homeopathy is ultimate science’! They want ‘scientific evidence’ only to establish the ‘unscientificness of science’!
According to these ‘classical homeopaths’, If something is said in ‘organon’, or uttered by the ‘master’ or ‘stalwarts’, it should be accepted by all homeopaths as ‘ultimate science’- no ‘evidence’ needed! These are the people who represent homeopathy before the world. Most of the influential sections of homeopathy try to propagate homeopathy that way. That is the reason why the scientific community perceive homeopathy as quackery and placebo.
There is another section of homeopaths who claim to be “scientific”, same time trying to disprove avogadro number. They talk about “nanoparticles” of drug substances as active principles of potentized homeopathic drugs. They argue that even minutest fractions or “doses” of potentized drugs diluted thousands of times above avogadro limit will be saturated with nanoparticles of original substances, enough to produce biological effects. Their argument is that avogadro number is not applicable to homeopathic drugs.
These “nanoparticle homeopaths” misuse the statement of IIT mumbai scientists that they could detect some “random particles of original substance floating in the 1% top layer of high dilution drug”. Please note, it was detected only in 1% top layer! Since nanoparticles are conglomerations of stoms or molecules, they are bound to explain wherefrom this unlimited number of nanoparticles are generated in not only “top layer”, but each and every drops of ultra high dilutions used as doses by homeopaths, where as avogadro number is crossed by 12c of dilution. They conveniently ignore this question!
It is a sheer waste of time to discuss science with this class of people. Nobody can convince them anything. But the sad thing is, we cannot ignore these intellectual morons, since they represent homeopathy before the general community and making it a subject of unending mockery.
High dilution biological effects utilized by homeopathy should be explained not by trying to disprove avogadro number, but by proving how the biological properties of drug molecules could be preserved in a medium even without a single drug molecule remaining in it. To understand this phenomenon, we have to study what is “Molecular Imprinting”, a modern technique developed by polymer technology for preserving and applying “conformational properties” of chemical molecules even in the absence of those molecules. To understand the relevance of molecular imprinting in homeopathy, we should also study some supramolecular chemistry as well as modern biochemistry, so that we could understand the decisive role of “conformational properties” of chemical molecules in biomolecular interactions.