chapter  I
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HUMPHRY DAVY, 1778-1829

I N his Discourse Introductory to a Course of Lectures on Chemistry delivered in the Royal Institution in 1802, when he was twenty-three years old, Davy said: "The unequal division of property and of labour, the difference of rank and condition amongst mankind, are the sources of power in civilized life, its moving causes, and even its very soul."