"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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