An Introduction to the Study of the Compounds of Carbon, Or Organic Chemistry (Classic Reprint)

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It hence appears that the formation of the compounds of car bon is not dependent upon the life process; that they are simply chemical compounds governed by the same laws that govern other chemical compounds; and the name, Organic Chemistry, signifying, as it does, that the compounds included under it are necessarily related to the organism, is misleading. Organic chemistry is nothing but the Chemistry of the C om pounds of C ar bon. It is not a science independent of inorganic chemistry, but is just as much a part of chemistry as the chemistry of the compounds of sodium, or of the compounds of silicon, etc.

The name Chemistry of the Compounds of Carbon has been objected to as being too broad. Strictly speaking, this title includes the carbonates, and it is customary to treat of these widely distributed substances under the head of Inorganic Chemistry. Most books on Inorganic Chemistry also deal with some of the simpler compounds of carbon, such as the oxides, cyanogen, marsh gas, etc., because they are of such common occurrence and so important that it is essential that the student should have a knowledge of them as soon as possible.

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