|Bruce Sterling's 1988 view that a band coming together to play in front of an audience was a social chemical reaction. |
In 1809, Goethe alluded to the premise that society was a large social chemical reaction, boundaried by social classes, functions, estate fences, among other demarcations.
In 1914, German-born American electrochemical engineer Eugene Roeber, in his “The European War”, stated his view that WWI was a large social chemical reaction or “gigantic human reaction” governed by the second law, as he phrased things. 
In 1988, Bruce Sterling stated that a band coming together to play in front of an audience was a social chemical reaction. 
1. Roeber, Eugene. (1914). “The European War” (Ѻ), Metallurgical and Chemical Engineering, 12(9):545, Sep.
2. Sterling, Bruce. (1988). Mirrorshades: the Cyberpunk Anthology (pg. 155). Ace Books.