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ORGANIC

Berzelius, Jo¨ns Jakob We have reached a point where we are beginning to see a theory of organic compounds; but if, instead of letting this develop as our experience grows, we want to base it on isolated facts, considered without regard for their relations with the general system of our knowledge, and by giving explanations which do not harmonise with the principles of the science, and if, moreover, we want to conclude that this lack of agreement must lead us to reject as erroneous principles which are alreadywell established on other grounds, then we shall never succeed in finding the truth.