Like the artist, the chemist engraves into matter the products of creative imagination. The stone, the sounds, the words do not contain the works that the sculptor, the composer, the writer express from them. Similarly, the chemist creates original molecules, new materials and novel properties from the elements provided by nature, indeed entire new worlds, that did not exist before they were shaped at the hands of the chemist, like matter is shaped by the hands of the artist, and so powerfully rendered by Auguste Rodin. Indeed chemistry possesses the creative power as stated by Marcelin Berthelot "La chimie crée son objet" (Chemistry creates its object)
    Jean-Marie Lehn

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In the class of people who are interested in facts and ideas, we have, of course, most scientists, and also a good number of nonscientists who think along the same lines even though they do not have scientific training. In the other class - those interested in words - we have some scientists and some philosophers and many nonscientists. I remember reading a book on philosophy in which the author went on, page after page, on the question: If there is a leaf on a tree and you see that it is green in the springtime and red in the fall, is that the same leaf or is it a different leaf? Is the essence of leafness still in it? Words, words, words, but "chlorophyll" and "xanthophyll" - which are sensible in this connection of what has happened to that leaf - just don't appear at all.
                                                                    - Linus Pauling

 

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