"Pauling's textbook on the chemical bond changed the way scientists thought about
chemistry, presenting chemistry as a disciplinary field unified by an underlying theory.
By demonstrating how the characteristics of the chemical bond determined the structure
of molecules and how the structure of molecules determined their properties, Pauling
showed for the first time, as Max Perutz said, 'that chemistry could be understood
rather than being memorized.'"
Mary Jo Nye. "Was Linus Pauling a Revolutionary Chemist?" Bulletin for the History of Chemistry, 25: 76-77. 2000.
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