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By N. A. Figurovskii, Yu. I. Solov’ev (auth.)

A complete century has handed because the unexpected and tragically untimely loss of life of Aleksandr Porfir'evich Borodin in 1887 on the age of fifty three, whilst he was once following with exceptional good fortune the disparate careers of musician, composer, natural chemist, and pioneer in women's clinical schooling. As a different determine one of the awesome team of geniuses who all of sudden seemed in Russia in the course of the final century and explosively propelled that state into the mainstream of worldwide tradition within the arts, humanities, and sciences, it will possibly were anticipated that Borodin used to be the item of a lot study. there is not any doubt that the Russian contribution to the fantastic improvement of structural chemistry within the final century has tended to be underplayed, whereas that during the remainder of Europe has obtained even more recognition. One wonders, specifically, even if Borodin's identify would possibly not have seemed within the chemical pantheon, as have these of Mendeleev, Markovnikov, Menshutkin, and lots of different Russians, if the aldol condensation, which he was once the 1st to find and examine, have been named the Borodin condensation. Straightening out the list is necessary; Figurovskii and Solov'ev's biography does a lot during this admire. simply as meritorious were the scholarly and exhaustive efforts of Professors Charlene Steinberg and George B. Kauffman, who've made the Russian textual content obtainable to the Western global of their exact and engrossing translation.

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Great disagreements arose among chemists. The concepts of 5. Travel in Europe 39 equivalent weight, molecular weight, and atomic weight were used in textbooks and articles arbitrarily, often being confused. This, or course, greatly hindered the development of chemistry. The Congress had to settle the following questions: 1. By means of an exchange of ideas and discussion of the individual principal questions to decide which of the contemporary theories deserves preference. 2. To reach an agreement or at least to make preparations to express the same ideas in the same form, both in words and in writing; for example: a) to establish what words are necessary ...

H. Brooke: Charles Frederic Gerhardt. In: DSB, 1972, Vol. 5, pp. 369-375. - T] It is interesting that in one of his "musical" letters to V. V. Stassov, Borodin wrote in 1879: "I cannot endure dualism, either in the form of the dualistic theory in chemistry or in biological studies or in philosophy and psychology ... " - A. Jons Jacob Berzelius (1779-1848) was a Swedish chemist. He was the author of the electrochemical (dualistic) theory. For more detail on his dualistic theory see p. 38. - A. [Also see Henry M.

Also see Henry M. Leicester: Jons Jacob Berzelius. In: DSB, 1970, Vol. 2, pp. 90--97. ] Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839-1881) was a Russian composter of genius, a member of the Mighty Little Group, and a close friend of Borodin's. - A. [See Gerald Abraham: Modest Petrovich Musorgsky. In: Grove, Vol. 12, pp. 865-874. ] A Russian military unit founded by Czar Peter I (the Great) (1672-1725; reigned 1689-1725) to maintain internal security, which was invested in the guards' chancery in 1689. - T.

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