By George B. Kauffman
A new release in the past, near1y all students who p1anned to turn into chemists have been required to take a direction within the heritage in their topic, yet these days, such classes usually are not required, and in lots of schoo1s, aren't even provided. it's argued that the topic of chemistry is increasing so rapid1y that scholars can hard1y grasp the cloth which fills the hot textual content books, to claim not anything of 1earning what chemists suggestion and did a century in the past. even if this standpoint has a few validity, it fails take into consideration the even more vital indisputable fact that one can't fairly comprehend or have fun with the current place of technological know-how un1ess he understands anything of the sluggish and tortuous steps in which it deve10ped. His skill to he1p it circulate ahead may be significantly more suitable by means of an realizing of the deliberating the chemists who equipped the theories which we use at the present time. it's been tru1y stated, "He who is familiar with on1y his personal iteration is still a1ways a chi1d. " the looks of a e-book which info the delivery of an exceptional improvement in chemistry is for this reason an important occasion, and one that we welcome warmly. The occasions that are chronieled listed below are now a long way adequate at the back of us to permit a elear assessment in their value, yet elose sufficient that there nonetheless stay a number of those that knew WERNER in my opinion, and who've preserved intimate files of his paintings. therefore, Prof.
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He did not sit back and wait or worry about its acceptance but almost immediately departed for Paris in order to pursue research in thermochemistry under the direction of the illustrious French physical chemist, historian of chemistry, and statesman, MARCELLIN BERTHELOT (1827-1907) . Although some sources report that WERNER spent an entire year at the College de France, WERNER himself says that he worked there only during the winter semester 1891/92. Virtually nothing is known of his sojourn in Paris, save the fact that he frequented the Brasserie Balzar in the vicinity of the College.
ABELJANZ laterdeseribed the dissertation as "an outstanding achievement, which has not only eontributed materially to the explanation of well-known eases of geometrie isomerism but has also led to numerous discoveries of new stereoisomerie eompounds". In keeping with his organic interests at this time, WERNER'S Clausurarbeit (final paper) dealt with the topic "über die Theorie der aromatischen Verbindungen". In the words of Prof. ABELJANZ, it "showed that [WERNER] possesses extensive literary knowledge and thinks quite independently".
Sw. Fr. 5 per student per semesterhour). * This senten ce is apparently intended to placate WERNER'S parents. There is no evidence that he ever seriously considered any career but chemistry, which, as we shall see, was for hirn not only a fuIl-time job, but almost a way of life. His brother Adolf later acquired a pig-breeding farm at Tiefengraben in Mulhouse. WERNER ** This letter, like all of 20 faculty of a Habilitationsschrift. a paper embodying the results of original and independent research.