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4a: Chemistry of the Earth (1942a)

John Stuart Anderson


Liversidge Research Lecture delivered on October 27th, 1942, at Science House, Sydney, arranged by the Royal Society under the terms of the Liversidge bequest. Reproduced by permission of the Royal Society of New South Wales from J. Proc. Roy. Soc. N.S.W., 1942, 76, 329–344.

"Few developments in science have made so vital a contribution to chemical theory as has the knowledge that has been acquired, since Laue's discovery of the diffraction of X-rays, as to the constitution of the crystalline state of matter. This is especially true of inorganic chemistry, dealing, as it does, with compounds existing for the most part in the solid state as ionic or homopolar aggregates, rather than as molecular units. In this [lecture], therefore, the relation between crystalline structure and chemical theory will be taken as the general underlying theme."

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