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Berthelot, Mercelin The domain in which chemical synthesis exercises its creative power is vaster than that of nature itself.

Dalton, John Chemical analysis and synthesis go no farther than the separation of particles one from another, and their reunion. No new creation or destruction of matter is within the reach of chemical agency. We might as well attempt to introduce a new planet into the solar system, or to annihilate one already in existence, as to create or destroy a particle of hydrogen.