Chemistry and Beyond

Organic Chemistry and the Idea of the Molecule

Jean Baptiste Dumas

Originally published in Modern Development of the Chemical and Biological Sciences Vol. 4 in 1904. When Berzelius first promulgated his binary theory he was careful to restrict its unmodified application to the compounds of the inorganic world. At that time, and for a long time thereafter, it was supposed that substances of organic nature had some properties that kept them …

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