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In terms, bond (TR:216) (LH:15) (TL:231) refers to []


The following are related quotes:

“Imagine we have a substance A which heterogeneous substances a, b, c attract: Suppose, moreover, that A combines with c to saturation point, which we designate as the ‘binding’ of A and of c = Ac, b tends to bind when added, and separates from c. Then we say that A attracts b more strongly than c does, or that b has a stronger elective attraction than c. Suppose, finally, that Ab is decomposed by the addition of a, that b is separated, and that a takes its place, it will follow that the attractive force of a exceeds that of b and that of the series a, b, c, etc. will be exactly the order of strength of the attractive forces of these three substances.”
Torbern Bergman (1775), A Dissertation on Elective Attractions (pg. #); cited by Xavier Duran (2012) in “Goethe and the Affinity Between Chemistry and Literature” (pg. 31)[1]
“To facilitate our comprehension of the concept of organic existence, let us first take a look at mineral structures. Minerals, whose varied components are so solid and unchanging, do not seem to hold to any limits or order when then combine, although laws do determine these conditions. Different components can be easily separated and recombined into new combinations. These combinations can again be taken apart, and the mineral we thought destroyed can soon be restored to its original perfection. The main characteristic of minerals that concerns us here is the indifference their components show toward the form of their combination, that is, their coordination or subordination. There are, by nature, stronger bonds or weaker bonds between these components, and when they evidence themselves, they resemble attractions between human beings. This is why chemists speak of elective affinities, even though the forces that move mineral components [or humans] one way or another and create mineral [human] structures are often purely external in origin, which by no means implies that we deny them the delicate portion of nature’s vital inspiration that is their due.”
Johann Goethe (1796), Third Lecture on Anatomy (pg. #)[2]

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See also


  1. Duran, Xavier. (2012). “Goethe and the Affinity Between Chemistry and Literature: Molecules and Divorce in a Romantic Novel” (pdf), Metode Annual Review, 27-31.
  2. Third Lecture on Anatomy – Hmolpedia 2020.
  3. Social bond – Hmolpedia 2020.

External links

  • Bond – Hmolpedia 2020.
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