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Chemistry: facts not fiction


Staab,  Heinz A.
Department of Organic Chemistry, Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Max Planck Society;

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Staab, H. A. (1985). Chemistry: facts not fiction. Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, 10(3), 212-214. doi:10.1179/isr.1985.10.3.212.

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Brecht has said that ‘the task of science is to lighten the laboriousness of human existence’ and some examples are given of the way chemistry has contributed to this task. Yet great challenges remain – atomic war and the population explosion – and it is essential to achieve a just and informed balance between benefits and risks. Uninformed criticism of chemistry in the media is roundly condemned, and tribute is paid to antipollution measures taken by the chemical industry. The common language which unites scientists from all nations must be used to further peace and understanding in the world.