An exact and conscientious worker, he did much to improve and systematize the processes of analytical chemistry and mineralogy, and his appreciation of the value of quantitative methods led him to become one of the earliest adherents of the Lavoisierian doctrines outside France.
He thus admits that to philosophize is to systematize, but holds that every systematization is narrowly circumscribed, and is therefore to be solved and completed with ever new systematization.
Protagoras was the first to systematize grammar, distinguishing the parts of speech, the tenses and the moods.
Liturgical reforms were set on foot before an attempt was made to systematize doctrinal teaching.
It is probably true to say that no other primitive Christian writing has had so marked an effect on all later attempts to systematize the Christian creed.