Frankel, Felice Whitesides, George M.

Molecules—like ants, lemmings, herring, people—are happiest when surrounded by their own kind.

On the Surface of Things Introduction (p. 7)

Maxwell, James Clerk the heavens we discover by their light, and by their light alone, stars so distant from each other that no material thing can ever have passed from one to another; and yet this light, which is to us the sole evidence of the existence of these distant worlds, tells us also that each of them is built up of molecules of the same kinds as those which we find on earth. A molecule of hydrogen, for example, whether in Sirius or in Arcturus, executes its vibrations in precisely the same time.

The Scientific Papers of James Clerk Maxwell

Volume II Molecules (pp. 375-6)

...though in the course of ages catastrophes have occurred and may yet occur in the heavens, though ancient systems may be dissolved and new systems evolved out of their ruins, the molecules out of which these systems are built—the foundation-stones of the material universe— remain unbroken and unworn.

The Scientific Papers ofJames Clerk Maxwell

Volume II Molecules (p. 377)

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