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The Growth of Modern Chemistry

Nature volume 140, pages 624626 (09 October 1937) | Download Citation



TO write an account of the development of chemistry during the last hundred years is a task which might well daunt even the boldest spirit ; for chemistry is a major science advancing rapidly on an ever-widening front, and the period in question begins not long after chemistry had become an exact science capable of mathematical interpretation. The infusion into the body of science of a new spirit—an achievement which, in Liebig's words, constituted the immortal glory of Lavoisier—led rapidly to the formulation of that comprehensive Atomic Theory the ramifications of which form the nervous system of the wonderful body of physical science as we know it to-day.

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