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This is a book for the masses of the people and every person may derive benefit from reading it. From the publishers' preface we extract the following: "The spirit of this book and the need for it are illustrated in the following fact: covering one, two, three, four, five city blocks, there arises the enormous glucose factory, grinding one hundred thousand bushels of corn daily. The people look with wonder upon this rising and increasing pile of buildings (whose inmates seem to be forever at toil) with no thought that at the beginning there was only a chemist at work in his little laboratory, developing certain ideas. Between his ideas, his hopes, his glass tubes and his multitudinous apparatuses and this monstrous concrete thing called the glucose factory, there is an astonishing gap in the people's knowledge. How did it come to develop so completely, before they had grasped even
The Fireside University of Modern Invention. Discovery, Industry and Art.. JAMA. 1898;XXX(24):1425. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440760053011