The Activator, Volume 1, Number 8, May 1945 Page: 177
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1945 THE ACTIVATOR
false standards of knowledge towering
above creative production. We make
unco-ordinated book knowledge the cri-
terion of the so-called profession. We
are like the social scientists who believe
the hallmark of a cultured gentleman is
his abilty to regale the world with
Shakespearean quotations as he stands in
line for his government dole. Whether
the chemistry departments admit it or
not, the fact remains, we turn out stu-
dents who cannot use the chemistry they
have been taught-and consequently
they, too, become "technicians."
"NOW RAVING against the A.C.S. is
easy to do-but actually WE are the
A.C.S., each section, each member, is a
vital part of the organization. If we ex-
pect the A.C.S. to improve our conditions,
WE have to do it. Maybe the Oregon
Section can help-if the members really
want a higher status.
THE STRUCTURE OF MOLECULES
On Monday, May 7, Dr. George
Glockler of the University of
Iowa addressed the Section in the
Science Auditorium at T.S.C.W.,
Denton, Texas. Dr. Glockler was
introduced by Dr. John C. Stauf-
fer, an old classmate, who remi-
nisced briefly about the "good old
days" at the University of Wash-
The lecture that followed was
ably and entertainingly presented
and consisted of an elementary
history of man's knowledge of in-
teratomic a n d intermolecular
forces. The development of the
subject began with an extended
description of the shortcomings of
the Lewis-Langmuir Octet Theo-
ry and finished with a qualitative
picture of how approximate solu-
tions of the Schroedinger equa-
tions may explain the band spec-
tra of simple ions and molecules.
Dr. Glockler contended that there
is no difference in kind between
electrostatic bonds, electron pair
bonds, van der Waal's forces, etc.,
and that eventually we may be
able to express all of these bond-
ing forces in terms of more fun-
damental concepts such as elec-
trostatic a n d electromagnetic
forces. Brief mention was made of
de Broglie's theory of the wave na-
ture of electrons and of matter in
Despite the octet rule's break-
down in explaining the existence
of molecules like phosphorus pen-
tachloride and boron hydride
B2H6 the essential concept of the
electron pair bond has remained
very useful. It was pointed out
that a considerable amount of
chemical knowledge may be sum-
marized in tabular form by use of
the iso-electronic systems.
The question of electrostatic
bonds such as ion-ion, ion-dipole,
ion-induced dipole, etc., were dis-
cussed at some length and exam-
ples were given to show their ap-
The reviewer was impressed
with Dr. Glockler's powers of ex-
position but regretted that he did
not extend our knowledge of the
more modern concepts instead of
dwelling at length on subjects of
primarily historic interest.
H. T. B.
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