…Even before the science of chemistry as we know it evolved, it
was important to report discoveries and present theories either
orally or through printed publications. To do so, it was recognized
very early that a special, controlled language would be necessary.
This language is called chemical nomenclature and today it is
expected not only to reveal the atoms present, but also how these
atoms are arranged in the molecule and the chemical relationships
with other chemical substances…
Nomenclature of Organic
CompoundsPrinciples and Practice(2001) Second EditionEdited by Robert B. Fox and Warren H.