From a chemist's standpoint, this is inaccurate. Plastics are not natural materials, and most metals used are alloys, which are not naturally-occurring either. -- Renegade54 16:29, 8 February 2006 (UTC)


Rewrite and added some more info. Still needs some checking. -- Q 19:19, 2 June 2006 (UTC)


Can we maybe use this page to make a list of polymers seen in Star Trek? I notice a number missing, and rather than taking about each, maybe we could make a list. Some already have good pages made for them, like polywater. --OuroborosCobra 21:10, 2 June 2006 (UTC)

Fixed Edit

I have altered the highly inaccurate polymer definition, as well as some of the comments about synthetic polymers being somehow special. How sweet! Awwww... But... Polymers are synthetic by definition!!!! The moral: study chemistry, physics, engineering or materials science at university before editing about polymers. I hope this doesn't cause offense to the poor soul who started this article, but a chemist must defend his science. To be honest, it seems that the writers of the show were more at fault here, which is a shame because their technical advisor is ex-NASA, and should know better. But I am a big Star Trek fan, and if anyone can streamline the info in this article on how polymers fit into the show, that would be great, just don't alter the true definition of a polymer.User:wozbot 15:35, 5 September 2006

Thank you for your effort, and please keep it up. The one thing that you need to keep in mind is that the article is written from an in-universe point of view. What that means is that what in real world science is not called a "polymer" may have to be called one here. If it is called a "polymer" in the episode, than that is what is canon. I reverted one of your edits, and that is why. --OuroborosCobra talk 14:40, 5 September 2006 (UTC)
It also means that if the writers of Star Trek butchered the definition of polymer, this article is going to butcher it as well. We follow what they did. I understand your grief in this, I myself am working towards a chemistry major. --OuroborosCobra talk 14:45, 5 September 2006 (UTC)