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Infrared Analysis A Progress Report on an Advancing Method

Volume 9, Number 3 (Aug. 1955) Page 105-118

Wright, N.


First, if you will permit me, I would like to philosophize a bit about the present-day laboratory for the development and use of modern physical methods of analysis, many of which are spectroscopic in nature, and of which there is a growing number. Such a laboratory must keep alert to the strong points of each method so as to use the correct one for a given situation, and it must do research on new and untried methods which might prove better in some way than an existing method. On the other hand, it must work hard to improve the older methods and to develop new techniques with them, not permitting itself to be diverted too quickly to other greener appearing pastures and finding it has abandoned the effort just too soon and thus missed the ultimate success.