By Isaac Asimov

Each person knew that Ralph Neufeld was once a cautious younger chemist, particularly his professor, Lou Brade. that is why Ralph's unintended loss of life because of a confusion of chemical substances struck Brade as hugely not likely. The police agreed.

Someone on campus had switched bottles on bad Ralph and the end result used to be as lethal as have been deliberate. the difficulty used to be the entire correct suspects have been within the flawed locations whilst it happened...all the inaccurate suspects had the best motives...and the only individual so much certified to unravel the crime used to be already being known as the killer!

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Professor Littleby put down his phone as Brade entered and smiled mechanically. There might have been a time, Brade thought, when that smile had been a real thing, but people in high ad- ministrative position can scarcely rely on human motivation to produce smiles on all proper occasions. They need something more reliable and more unfailing, so that machinery is installed and lubricated until the smile is guaranteed to flit across the face at all proper moments, however unmoved the fact itself or the mind behind it might be.

They acidify a cyanide and form the gas. Now Ralph was working in a hood with a fan built in that would carry off most of the fumes, but even so he could have caught the vinegar smell if it had been there. " "But instead of running, his first reaction was probably to lean closer and sniff harder. " "I think so. " "Uh huh. " Doheny lit a cigar with an expression of too-long-deferred contentment and said, "Let's get it straight now, Prof. " Doheny lifted the cyanide bottle from its place on the shelf and held it gingerly.

He less than anyone, in fact. A chemist just couldn't be that distracted. They don't make distraction that complete. " Doris said nothing and for a while after Brade finished there was a silence in which the chemist's thoughts rang hollowly. It was frightening the way in which one could start with so little and end with such consequence. And yet it was done as a matter of everyday routine in scientific research. Why should he be made so uneasy by the application to people of the logical system he did not hesitate to apply to symbols and atoms?

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