The Future of Pure and Applied Chemistry 1


    FOR three years past pure chemical research has been dormant the whole world over, and it would be difficult for the most accomplished essayist to arrest your attention for an hour by an address on a subject of purely academic interest. Our mental point of view and our outlook upon both present and future are entirely different from those of four years ago; although the present is obscure and painful, the future gives promise of brilliant and rapid developments in natural science in general and in chemistry in particular. In this belief I venture to lay before you some reflections upon the growing recognition of the importance of our science and upon the responsibilities with which, owing to this change in public opinion, our shoulders are laden.

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    The Future of Pure and Applied Chemistry 1 . Nature 101, 377–379 (1918).

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