The petition faces competition from another calling for the element to be named after the late Motorhead frontman Lemmy, but Dr Day is still hopeful it could be considered.
“It’s up to the scientists at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, who discovered the element, to propose names, then the IUPAC has to agree them. But you never know, perhaps one or more of them is a Pratchett fan? Perhaps he’s inspired them, as he has so many others. After all, a species of turtle has been named after him, Psephophorus terrypratchetti, so why not name an element after one of the ideas in his books? As he wrote, ‘million-to-one chances crop up nine times out of ten’.”