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ANALYSIS

Berzelius, Jo¨ns Jakob Beginning chemists. . . should not fail to train themselves in quantitative analysis, for although it is nothing but manual work, one should remember that until one has mastered such work one lacks the skill to perform an accurate experiment of a more advanced sort. One must have such a habit of weighing carefully, of pouring from one vessel into another without spilling and without allowing the last drop to run over the edge, and of observing a large number of small details which, if overlooked, often spoil several weeks of careful work, that no distraction, no unforeseen circumstance can spoil the result; and before this habit is acquired, onemust several times have had the annoyance of spoiling one’s experiment through carelessness or thoughtlessness. If such an accident occurs, one should, as a matter of principle, always repeat the experiment at once rather than try to improve the result by a probable correction.