Science: Men & Molecules

Friedrich Bergius, though he is one of Germany's most brilliant chemists, may some day be the most bitterly hated by that country's common people. He is a specialist in those technologies to which necessity is not only mother but sedulous nurse. Vivid in the German mind is a hateful memory of the Ersatz (substitute) foods consumed in great quantities during and after the War. If natural food again becomes scarce in Germany, Chemist Bergius will doubtless be in charge of producing Ersatz food for empty German stomachs. Lately he has worked out on...

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