Justus von Liebig, a German chemist who was said to be irascible and pugnacious discovered that elements combined in different ways will lead to different compounds meaning that different compounds can have an identical elemental build yet yield completely different results. In 1796, Yorkshire chemist Smithson Tennant decided to figure what diamonds were made up of by burning one with a magnifying glass and sunlight. Tennant realized that the only elements present were oxygen from the ambient en...
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