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(1) Rational Approach to Chemical Principles (2) The Elements of Physical Chemistry (3) Physical Chemistry (4) Physical Chemistry

Nature volume 162, pages 125126 (24 July 1948) | Download Citation



PHYSICAL chemistry emerged as a separate subject at a time when physics and chemistry were separated by a fairly wide terra incognita, and the application of physical and mathematical methods to chemical reactions and equilibria offered an attractive field which Was catered for by neither of the parent sciences. It soon developed a homogeneous subject-matter of its own, which has remained the backbone of physical chemistry courses ever since. It is natural that most of the new methods and fundamental conceptions of the behaviour of matter, which have contributed to the fuller understanding of chemical reactions and modes of combination, should have come from the experimental and mathematical branches of physics, and the role of the physical chemist has been to ensure the immediate and effective application of these methods and conceptions to chemical studies.

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