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How much excess to drive to completion?
The following was posted in the article page itself...moving it to talk...
- If anyone knows how much of an excess of carboxylic acid is needed to drive the reaction to completion, or the yeild at different ratios, please edit this page. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 22:09, 29 August 2006 UTC.
Title of article
I have no idea why this article was ever renamed. The reaction is called the "Fischer esterification" far, far more than it is called the "Fischer-Speier esterification". I have never owned a textbook or attended a lecture in which the latter name was used. A simple google search confirms this: 189,000 hits for Fischer esterification, but only 3060 for Fischer-Speier esterification. It's one thing to include a list of alternate names at the beginning of the article, but to claim that a minor variant is the "more accepted name" when it is in fact less common by a factor of 60 is really disingenuous. Does your last name happen to be Speier, by any chance?
In all seriousness, Mr. Physchim62, the perpetrator, seems to have a penchant for moving and merging articles, an exercise that is frequently pointless (cf. Talk:Association_football). This article should never have been renamed. -220.127.116.11 (talk) 09:45, 4 October 2009 (UTC)
I think it is useful to specify which step in the Fischer esterification mechanism is the slow or rate-limiting step. Pikalax 17:16, 22 October 2012 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Pikalax (talk • contribs)