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Outlines of Industrial Chemistry

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IN writing a book such as the present, the author's main difficulty must be in deciding what to omit. The number of industries in which chemistry plays a more or less important part is so large, and their nature so varied, that it would appear to be almost impossible to give even a moderately satisfactory account of them within the limits of one volume. By omitting metallurgy altogether, and condensing the preparation of the artificial organic dye-stuffs into a little over eight pages, the author succeeds in finding space for the essentials of the majority of the remaining chemical industries. The omission of metallurgy is justified by the facts that this subject is usually taught independently, and that several good short text-books dealing with it already exist. The hemistry of the artificial organic colouring matters is generally included in courses of lectures on organic chemistry, and, presumably for similar reasons, no mention is made of the majority of the pharmaceutical and photographic chemicals.

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