By Isaac Asimov
Each person knew that Ralph Neufeld was once a cautious younger chemist, in particular his professor, Lou Brade. that is why Ralph's unintended dying as a result of a confusion of chemical substances struck Brade as hugely not likely. The police agreed.
Someone on campus had switched bottles on negative Ralph and the end result was once as lethal as were deliberate. the difficulty used to be all of the correct suspects have been within the improper areas whilst it happened...all the incorrect suspects had the fitting motives...and the single individual such a lot certified to unravel the crime was once already being known as the killer!
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Children, Brade had long since decided, had invisible antennae that vibrated to the moods of the unpredictable adults that made up their lives. Not that he blamed Doris, or himself for that matter. It was all the result of a tangle of circumstance that caught at the stumbling feet of all humanity. D. research under old Cap (old Cap, even then) when he had received an offer of an instructorship at the university beginning the next July 1. It was heaven-sent; it was all that the wildest dreams could ask for.
Doheny frowned. "Hey, you're in trouble, Prof. " Brade shook his head. "Not at all. Half the reagents— uh, chemicals, you see on the shelves are quite poisonous. Chemists know about that and are careful. You know your own gun is loaded, don't you? " "Not just a student. Ralph got his bachelor's degree— graduated college, that is—four years ago. He's been doing graduate work toward his master's and doctor's ever since. He was fully qualified to work without supervision and he did. D. candidates do.
The room was a large one and the most old-fashioned and bulky of the altogether old-fashioned and bulky chemistry building. Its seats were banked with increasing steepness toward the rear of the room so that the two aisles were equipped with shallow steps. The seats in the last few rows swept around and along the sides of the room to form a balcony. The room as a whole would seat 250, which made it suitable for seminars and for tests during which students could be made to sit well separated. The undergraduate organic class, however, contained sixty-four students and, generally, they formed a moderate conglomeration in the central section near the podium and scattered off backward and to each side.
A Whiff of Death by Isaac Asimov