Like the artist, the chemist engraves into matter the products of creative imagination. The stone, the sounds, the words do not contain the works that the sculptor, the composer, the writer express from them. Similarly, the chemist creates original molecules, new materials and novel properties from the elements provided by nature, indeed entire new worlds, that did not exist before they were shaped at the hand of chemist, like matter is shaped by the hand of the artist.

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As stated by Marcelin Berthelot "La chimie crée son objet" ("Chemistry creates its object") thus gives chemistry creative power. It does not merely fabricate objects, but creates its own object. It does not preexist, but is invented as progress is made. It is not just waiting to be discovered, but is to be created.

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To chemistry, the skies are wide open, for if it is a science, it is also an art. By the beauty of its objects, of course, but also in its very essence, by its ablility to invent the future and to endleslly recreate itself.

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