ition by a master mind, an exposition shorn of the terrifying and obscuring technicalities of the lecture room, that will be as absorbing reading as any thrilling romance. For the story of scientific achievement is the greatest epic the world has ever known, and like the great national epics of bygone ages, should quicken the life of the nation by a realization of its powers and a picture of its possibilities.
La Chimie posséde cette faculté créatrice à un degré plus éminent que les autres sciences, parce qu'elle pénètre plus profondément et atteint jusqu'aux éléments naturels des êtres.
THREE PERIODS OF PROGRESS
The story of Robinson Crusoe is an allegory of human history. Man is a castaway upon a desert planet, isolated from other inhabited worlds--if there be any such--by millions of miles of untraversable space. He is absolutely dependent upon his own exertions, for this world of his, as Wells says, has no imports
Not only is this a well readable introduction to some chemistry (the industrial, everyday household part) for beginners, it can also serve as a history of industrial chemistry including its geopolitical repercussions up to 1920. It's barely imaginable today how much the international conflicts up to that time were simply about resources, and thus how important were chemical inventions for all countries involved. Last not least is an extensive bibliography were many interesting further works are listed.
Edward Slosson's Creative Chemistry is an amazing read written in a humorous tongue in cheek style. This is a classic work of interest to anyone who ever wondered how did we get here. The focus is on industrial chemistry back when the automobile was new and airplanes were still made with wire and cloth. His commentary on life, religion, and technology is well thought out and still rings true even eighty years later.