Abstract

Once a year the members of each scientific society are asked to listen to an address by its retiring president. One of the favorite subjects of such an address is a review of recent work which falls within the scope of the speaker’s principal interests. My address, therefore, will be a review of the work in silicate structures of the last ten years. This decade has not been as startlingly full of discoveries in this field as the previous one, largely because many investigators equipped with better apparatus and mathematical tools, invaded organic chemistry as well as other fields unfamiliar to a mineralogist.

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