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smile.gif posted on 3-5-2010 at 14:57
Excuse Me Sir, Would You Like to Buy a Kilo of Isopropyl Bromide?


Columbia Organic Chemicals and its founder, Max Gergel, had the unusual honor of mention and praise by name in Kary Mullis's Nobel lecture:

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I never tired of tinkering in labs. During the summer breaks from Georgia Tech, Al Montgomery and I built an organic synthesis lab in an old chicken house on the edge of town where we made research chemicals to sell. Most of them were noxious or either explosive. No one else wanted to make them, somebody wanted them, and so their production became our domain. We suffered no boredom and no boss. We made enough money to buy new equipment. Max Gergel, who ran Columbia Organic Chemicals Company, and who was an unusually nice man, encouraged us and bought most of our products, which he resold. There were no government regulators to stifle our fledgling efforts, and it was a golden age, but we didn't notice it. We learned a lot of organic chemistry.


The chicken coop lab full of noxious chemicals isn't far removed from how Max Gergel got his start in the chemistry business either.

In this humorous, anecdotal chronicle of Max's life from high school mad scientist to successful operator of a chemical supply business, you'll learn where metallic potassium should NOT be stored, how to prepare perfectly alcohol-free n-dodecyl bromide, and why one man would be crazy enough to want a preparative scale procedure for methyl isocyanide. You'll also learn, humorously but quite clearly, how the golden age of "no government regulators" contained the seeds of its own destruction, as horrendous odors, accidental poisonings, dumpings, fires, and miscellaneous accidents and occupational hazards take their toll on Gergel and his employees, neighbors, and surrounding environs.

It's a short read, at only 199 pages, and now available in the Sciencemadness Library.




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[*] posted on 20-12-2010 at 14:43


After doing all my scanning, the hints for using Scankromsator were finally translated from Russian.

http://www.djvu-soft.narod.ru/kromsator/eng.htm

Pressing buttons and seeing what happens may still be more helpful.

It is pretty slick, check out my later work. I wish now I'd known enough to make them all look like Weygand.

The Marianne Faithfull video is up to 666,480 now.
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[*] posted on 6-3-2011 at 20:40
looking for ScanKromsator


Does anyone have a copy of ScanKromsator to share? It looks like it is no longer on bolega.hotmail.ru, and I have a hard time navigating Russian-language sites in search of mirrors. Even if I can find a random rapidshare (or whatever) upload of it, I'd prefer to get a copy whose provenance is a little more clear.



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[*] posted on 7-3-2011 at 16:58


I have uploaded the same 5.6A that I used to 4shared. Never tried 5.91 or whatever.

[Marianne is now at 741,334, all the more amazing since all my favorite videos get deleted within a year and this is over 4 years. Thinking about uploading another video.]

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[*] posted on 8-3-2011 at 11:10


Thanks, S.C. Wack.



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[*] posted on 6-11-2011 at 22:25
Mellor's Comprehensive Treatise on Inorganic and Theoretical Chemistry completed


I cannot take credit for scanning these books. They were scanned by S.C. Wack, Sauron, the Internet Archive, and the Digital Library of India. All I can take credit for is repackaging some scans, doing minor cleanup, and bringing them all together in one place. All 16 volumes can now be found at http://library.sciencemadness.org/library/. The material scanned by Sauron had fallen offline for some time since the 4shared account I formerly used for hosting was neglected.



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[*] posted on 7-11-2011 at 05:29


Thanks Polverone, I've been browsing through this immense treatise... That's one hell of a piece of work! I've seen this "Mellor" reference often stated by members on SM, now I know! :D I'll read the chapter on gold thoroughly!

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The Scientific Method: A Personal Account of Unusual Projects in War and in Peace


Thanks go to Dr. Bob for bringing this book to my attention.



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I was obliged to give up both undergraduate and graduate teaching, as well as ordinary research, early in the school year 1941-42, and my job was taken over by Hans Heymann, informally at first and then by appointment. Douglas M. Bowen took over the lectures in the last war year. I do not recall what arrangements were made, but the University records indicate that I was not granted a leave of absence and that I continued to receive my regular salary. Apparently, for nearly four years, my services were contributed by Harvard, off the record, to the war effort.


Louis Fieser joined the American war effort before America had even officially entered World War II, as one of 20 professor invited to the house of Roger Adams in October 1940 to join the National Defense Research Committee. He was instructed early on to work on chemical vesicants but, considering them inhumane, quickly made a lateral move to begin development of gelled gasoline incendiary weapons. He led the research effort behind napalm, several other components of large-scale incendiary ordnance, and smaller special purpose incendiary devices for use by spies and saboteurs.

Fieser's strangest project was development of the Bat Bomb: a cluster-bomb arrangement of hibernating bats carrying time-delayed incendiaries. As the bats fell from bombers over enemy cities, they would rouse from hibernation mid-air and seek shelter in attics of the city below. Their incendiaries would then start concealed, hard-to-fight fires. The project was surprisingly successful for one never deployed, and included the own-goal immolation of an administrative building during testing.

When Fieser was not working on setting fires he also had time to begin work on the first edition of his organic chemistry textbook, research cortisone chemistry, and work on antimalarial drugs. The information given late in the book about getting cats to pose for photographs with chemical apparatus is invaluable because it comes from real experience.




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[*] posted on 7-12-2011 at 01:35


Thanks, Polverone. Would you say that this book is in the same alley as Max Gergel's book? If so, I'll have to read it. I absolutely LOVED that one, and I can't describe how thankful I am that you uploaded it! :D



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[*] posted on 7-12-2011 at 11:12


Quote: Originally posted by Lambda-Eyde  
Thanks, Polverone. Would you say that this book is in the same alley as Max Gergel's book? If so, I'll have to read it. I absolutely LOVED that one, and I can't describe how thankful I am that you uploaded it! :D


Yes, I'd say it is in a similar spirit. I'm glad that you enjoyed the Gergel book; it's one of my favorites.




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[*] posted on 8-12-2011 at 08:49


Thanks to you and Dr Bob for posting this book by Louis Fieser. My first organic textbook that I used back in 1962 was written by Fieser. He has always seemed to be a strong contributor to organic chemistry as well as being an interesting person.

I also enjoyed the book by Gergel.




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The Ageless Gergel


In 1986, an EPA project manager named Dennis Manganiello wrote to the former president of South Carolina Recycling and Disposal, Inc. inquiring about any future plans for this Superfund site, plagued with soil and groundwater contamination plus unidentified drums of material still on site.

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Dear Mr. Manganiello,

Thank you for the help you have given me, Mr. Chase and my attorney Mr. Foard. Some time this nightmare should lift and we should be able to sell antiques and old books at Dixiana which is what we are hoping to do -- and why Chase and I pay the taxes. I am 65 and out of chemistry except as a writer and consultant.

Sincerely,
Max G. Gergel


Gergel's response also attached a complete photocopy of a book review by Stephen Stinson from Chemical & Engineering News reviewing his latest, The Ageless Gergel. It begins:

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For Max Gergel's friends in the chemical industry, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that Gergel remembers and treasures his friendships. The bad news is that he's blessed with total recall, and he's telling everything...


Gergel's firstborn company, Columbia Organic Chemicals, also grew up to be a strapping adult Superfund site. This book and his prior Excuse Me Sir, Would You Like to Buy a Kilo of Isopropyl Bromide? immortalize the good old days before government cared what chemical companies dumped in the bushes or told employees when to wear safety equipment, as well as foreshadowing why this freewheeling age could not last. I suspect that similarly rich memories are even now being made among the smaller chemical companies of China and India. As Gergel puts it,

"We had several things going for us. Above all, cheap prices, because I and my employees were wretchedly paid and miserly about purchasing. We appealed to the thrifty. We also excelled in preparing chemicals so toxic that only the desperate, staffed by the ignorant, would care to make them. We had many friends."

The truth of this friendship lives on in footnotes to many a procedure in JACS or Organic Syntheses, giving Columbia Organic Chemicals as a commercial supplier for necessary materials.

Many thanks go to Dr. Bob for locating and originally scanning a copy of this book. I have done some minor cleanup and placed it in the forum library.




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[*] posted on 24-11-2012 at 05:34


Some books have disappeared from the SM library. :( I recall a very old chemical dictionary from 1880's. What has happened to them?
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[*] posted on 24-11-2012 at 23:28


Quote: Originally posted by Mush  
Some books have disappeared from the SM library. :( I recall a very old chemical dictionary from 1880's. What has happened to them?


I previously included Watts' Dictionary of Chemistry. I have removed it because:

-The image quality of that particular scan was poor
-The poor image quality meant image compression worked poorly, so the files were large
-It is now available in better quality from Google Books, Hathitrust, and archive.org

I also purged some other books on ozone, carbohydrates, and other topics that were printed before 1923 and had poor scan quality. Back when I started the SM library there were many fewer sources for scans of out-of-copyright chemistry books, so it made sense to include books even if certain pages were barely legible. Today it does not make sense to include low-quality scans of books available elsewhere. I have tried to pare the collection down to books that are not easily found elsewhere or that deserve special notice even when available elsewhere.




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[*] posted on 25-11-2012 at 17:29


- I'm logged in
Library books won't download for me
I only get a 100 kilobytes and it cuts out.

This message appears in my Foxit reader
" Format error , not a pdf or corrupted "

Next time I try , download proceeds immediately without
the dialog window in which I assign destination. The result
is the same " Format error , not a pdf or corrupted "

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Quote: Originally posted by franklyn  
- I'm logged in
Library books won't download for me
I only get a 100 kilobytes and it cuts out.

This message appears in my Foxit reader
" Format error , not a pdf or corrupted "

Next time I try , download proceeds immediately without
the dialog window in which I assign destination. The result
is the same " Format error , not a pdf or corrupted "

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The current library hosting site has problems with longer downloads. You will need to use a download manager to get complete books. Your web browser's default file handling will not retrieve full books.




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[*] posted on 27-11-2012 at 12:38


Thanks a lot Polverone! :D
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[*] posted on 17-2-2013 at 09:35


Not sure if it's worth mentioning or not...for a month or two now as everyone else on the internet is already aware, Adobe has been giving away their Creative Suite with serial from their site. In big and component pieces for certain flushed turds of windows, and somehow freely available for applers.

The catch is, it's the same not so current CS2 I already have on CD's somewhere. At the very least it doesn't come with some suspect keygen, and may work on some old computers. You've probably got a photoshop and piratebat pro >9 installed already, but btw the indesign part is allegedly useful for making books, format templates, entire journals if you're going to start publishing one; typesetting and such for people who want to use the worst available application. No doubt members with such interests know tex/latex up/down/sideways already and/or have pro software.

adobe.com/downloads/cs2_downloads/index.html

When not installing photoshop, indesign, and illustrator separately, there may be problems when not using discs in XP; problems were fixed in Vista:
Run disc3.exe first (tell computer install correct), change disc2 extract location to 3's, then the install starts on 1. Change location of the indesign and version cue folders from outside to within the Adobe Creative Suite 2.0 folder as it asks for disc 2, press ok. I actually used the mac serial by mistake.

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[*] posted on 15-2-2015 at 20:03
Perchloric Acid and Perchlorates by Alfred Schilt


Dr. Bob provided me with raw scans for this book more than a year ago. I have, shamefully, not undertaken to convert it to final form and upload it until today.

http://library.sciencemadness.org/library/books/perchloric_a...




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Quote: Originally posted by Mephisto  

Note: Next month the following books will be available: "Warren, S. - Organische Retrosynthese.pdf" and "Christine L. Willis, Martin Willis - Syntheseplanung in der Organischen Chemie.pdf"

where did mephisto upload these books?
Quote: Originally posted by JohnWW  
I am sorry to have to disappoint would-be readers of Fieser & Fieser's Advanced Organic Chemistry, but that allegedly scanned copy of it on http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015003707695 , found by Polverone, has only the title page and page 1 !! All the other pages are missing! I suppose I will just have to scan it all myself, when I find time.

Quote: Originally posted by Polverone  
The 1-page PDF thing is universal. The link indicates that it is intended as a convenience for printing a page. If you can view (say) page 100 in the browser, you can view the full thing. In order to download the full book you need to use a program like Hathi Helper. I was able to use that earlier today to download all the page images.

the Hati helper link is not working.could someone please upload it to the SM library ?

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[*] posted on 22-2-2015 at 02:42
Approximate Molecular Orbital Theory by Pople and Beveridge


This one is only interesting for theoreticians, programmers, and historians.

Before John Pople did the work in <i>ab initio</i> quantum chemistry that won him a Nobel Prize, he worked with what are today called semiempirical computational chemistry methods, methods that replace some intensive numerical operations with data derived from experiments. This 1970 book covers the early CNDO and INDO semiempirical models along with much background material. Donald Shillady of Virginia Commonwealth University has recommended this text even for modern students as providing "an exceptionally clear presentation" of the basic Restricted Hartree-Fock algorithm that is the starting point for most modern computational chemistry.

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[*] posted on 22-2-2015 at 21:46
Unitized Experiments in Organic Chemistry by Brewster and Vanderwerf


Magpie has graced us with accounts of several preparations taken from the pages of Brewster's Unitized Experiments in Organic Chemistry. The version I have scanned here is from 1960 and, alas, does not include preparations mentioned from later editions. At the time I purchased it this was the only edition carried by any reseller on Amazon. In any case I hope it proves useful to members who wish to follow along with Magpie, or use it for any other purpose.

http://library.sciencemadness.org/library/books/unitized_exp...




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