Marcellin Berthelot

Marcellin Berthelot

French chemist and public figure
Within a hundred years of physical and chemical science, men will know what the atom is. It is my belief when science reaches this stage, God will come down to earth with His big ring of keys and will say to humanity, 'Gentlemen, it is closing time.'More Marcellin Berthelot quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Do these fuels result always and necessarily in one way from the decomposition of a pre-existing organic substance? Is it thus with the hydrocarbons so frequently observed in volcanic eruptions and emanations, and to which M. Ch. Sainte-Claire Deville has called attention in recent years? Finally, must one assign a parralel origin to carbonaceous matter and to hydrocarbons contained in certain meteorites, and which appear to have an origin foreign to our planet? These are questions on which the opinion of many distinguMore Marcellin Berthelot quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
One can, then, conceive the production, by purely mineral means, of all natural hydrocarbons. The intervention of heat, of water, and of alkaline metals - lastly, the tendency of hydrocarbons to unite together to form the more condensed material - suffice to account for the formation of these curious compounds. Moreover, this formation will be continuous because the reactions which started it are renewed incessantly.More Marcellin Berthelot quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We all teach ... the chemistry of Lavoisier and Gay-Lussac.More Marcellin Berthelot quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I do not want chemistry to degenerate into a religion; I do not want the chemist to believe in the existence of atoms as the Christian believes in the existence of Christ in the communion wafer.More Marcellin Berthelot quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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