Lego + Isomers = the Mariachi-mers!

I loved playing with Lego when I was a young boy and I don't think it is an over-statement to say that the love of building more complicated constructions from simple Lego building blocks led, at least in part, to me becoming an organic chemist!

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It struck me, recently, that Lego minifigures could be used to help illustrate some of the key concepts in Isomers and Stereochemistry. This is a topic that causes great consternation for many new Organic Chemistry students. And so the Mariachi-mers were born!

I will be sharing content on Isomers and Stereochemistry, using the Mariachi-mers, in early 2019. For now, here is a flow-chart for deciding how to compounds are related, illustrated with Lego Mariachi-mers (and a few Lego Fairy Bat-mers) for analogy. The image is large, so click on it to expand. Also, I've made it available under the Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license, so feel free to share and distribute!

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