At the core of chemistry lie the structure of the molecule, the art of its synthesis, and the design of function within it. This Essay traces the understanding of the structure of the molecule, the emergence of organic synthesis, and the art of total synthesis from the 19th century to the present day.
Prof. Dr. K. C. Nicolaou
Angewandte Chemie International Edition
Article first published online: 3 DEC 2012