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Vol. 28 No. 4
July-August 2006

Treasurer's Column — A Balance Difficult to Keep

by Christoph Buxtorf

As treasurer of IUPAC and as a chemist, I am constantly concerned with how things balance out. When it comes to the Union’s bookkeeping, I try to ensure that the left and the right side of the balance sheet are equal, hopefully ending with positive earnings and a happy future. And as a chemist, I must think about chemical equilibrium, which is described succinctly in Le Chatelier’s principle:

“Every change of one factor of an equilibrium occasions a rearrangement of the system in such a direction that the factor in question experiences a change in a sensed opposite to the original change” (H.L. Le Chatelier, Annales des Mines 13(2), 157[1888]).

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