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Proteins and Life - M. V. [Michael Vincent] Tracey

The Pilot Press, 1948, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with loss at the head of the spine and the lower panel, further creases and short tears elsewhere. Price Clipped. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Toning to the blanks. Bookplate to the front pastedown. Text complete, clean and tight.

From the introduction: “IN the eighteenth century animate and inanimate objects were also described as organic (possessing organs) and inorganic. When chemistry had advanced to a stage in which analyses of substances more complex than simple salts and minerals were made, it was found that there were many compounds that occurred in both animate and inanimate objects. In addition, there were compounds that appeared to be restricted in occurrence to living organisms. These compounds had in common the property of containing carbon. Since they were restricted to organic nature their study became known as organic chemistry, a term later broadened to include the study of all carbon compounds, including those synthesised in the laboratory. For some time it was held that organic compounds were not subject to the same laws as those governing the behaviour of inorganic compounds (« Dans la nature vivante, les elementes paraissent obeir a des lois tout autres que dans la nature inorganique », Berzelius, 1849)1. Though there exists a flourishing legend that this supposition was demolished by Wohler’s synthesis of urea in 18282, it was not until the publication of Berthelot’s « Chimie organique fondee sur la Synthese » in 1860 that it was generally rejected. In spite of the rejection of the idea that chemical substances found in the living organism are not subject to the laws applying to inorganic materials, it has lingered long in the field of protein chemistry.
Size: 7½" x 5¾"
Series: Frontiers of Science
Number of Pages: [X] 154

£6.50