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Sulphuric Acid and the War

Nature volume 101, pages 107108 (11 April 1918) | Download Citation



MODERN warfare has been described as an affair of mechanics and chemistry. Of course, this is a very partial and incomplete definition, inasmuch as it neglects what, after all, is the paramount factor—the human element. But, given that the human factor is equally potent on both sides, it is certainly true that the belligerent which is most alert and most resourceful in the use of the methods and practical achievements of science will inevitably triumph in the end. The whole conduct of the war shows that our enemies have not been slow to appreciate this fact, and if we have been a little more tardy in learning the same lesson we are rapidly making good whatever leeway we may have lost.

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