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102. How Robert Boyle and I became chemists.

Adapted from Chapter 5 of "Weighing the Soul" When I am introduced to strangers as a “chemist”, most of them conclude either that I dispense prescriptions or that I spend my time in a smelly laboratory mixing “chemicals” together to see what will happen. If I were an alchemist, they would be right in both cases. According to the Oxford English Diction...

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