Man's physical universe

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UNIT IX

CREATIVE CHEMISTRY HAS CONTRIBUTED

GREATLY TO MANS PHYSICAL PROGRESS

INTRODUCTION TO UNIT IX

Chemistry plays a vital part in man's mastery of his material world,

because, as we learned in a previous unit, it is the science which deals

with the transformations of matter.

It is the purpose of this Unit not

only to provide an appreciation of the accomplishments of chemistry

in producing better things for better living but also to show how essential

chemical research is to the success of industry in this modern world.

The picture to be presented is very incomplete because, in every field

of science, the story of accomplishment always leads to unsolved

problems. Chemistry is a growing, maturing science. It is bringing

profound changes to man's way of living. No one can understand the

impact of Science on civilization or be prepared to make an intelligent

adjustment to these changing conditions without an appreciation of

what chemistry has done and is doing to provide for old necessities

and to create new necessities of life.

What are the raw materials used to produce "better things for better

living"? What are the raw materials which are increasing in their

importance in the synthesis of materials unlike any ever found in

nature? To what extent is the United States endowed with essential

raw materials? To what extent should we be concerned about the

conservation of these raw materials? Such are some of the vital topics

considered in this Unit.

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