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Q: Why is the publishing house called meta-synthesis?

Mark Leach's project involves the meta analysis ("higher-level abstraction") of chemical species and their reactions.

The most important practical application of reaction chemistry is the synthesis of chemicals.

The project is concerned with the synthesis of new chemical ideas from established theory... hence the name meta-synthesis

... as suggested by Dr. Marcus Lynch – a good friend of the company – who also came up with the term chemogenesis.

Q: What is the relationship between the Chemogenesis Web Book and The Chemical Thesaurus?

The Chemogenesis web book is made up of four broad strands:

The Chemical Thesaurus is a reaction chemistry database that:

Importantly, the rigour of the relational database development environment – the total separation of chemical entities from chemical reactions, the formal classification of material type, the introduction of generics, etc. – provides a stiff logical backbone to the analysis used in the Chemogenesis web book.

There are numerous web links between the Chemogenesis web book and The Chemical Thesaurus reaction chemistry database (in both directions), and more are being added on a regular basis.

The Chemical Thesaurus database engine also drives much of the Chemistry Tutorials & Drills web site.

For design and organisational reasons, The Chemical Thesaurus reaction chemistry database is found under www.chemthes.com, Chemistry Tutorials & Drills under www.chemistry-drills.com and the chemogenesis web book is found within the www.meta-synthesis.com domain. All these domains are owned by meta-synthesis.

Q: Are The Chemical Thesaurus and the Chemogenesis web book finished?

No, definitely not!

The Chemogenesis web book is nearly finished in that it is structurally more or less complete, but subsections (pages) need to be added, text & graphics need to be updated and expanded, the formatting needs sharpening and the text edited/proofed, more synthlets need to be added, etc... but overall the web book is close to its final form.

The Chemical Thesaurus reaction chemistry database is a different matter, and it is far from finished.

There are many possible developments:

© Mark R. Leach 1999 –

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