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Pretty much what it says in the title, I've just been wondering lately, what makes a mechanism be recognized by the scientific community as the most likely thing that happens on the molecular/atomic level when the corresponding chemical reaction takes place in real life?

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marked as duplicate by orthocresol Oct 2 '17 at 23:32

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