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The periodic table : its story and its significance

Author:Eric R Scerri Publisher:Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007. Edition/Format:  Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats Summary:Offers a comprehensive overview of the periodic table, exploring the importance of both the periodic table and the elements themselves as well as how the elements have been interpreted by chemists and philosophers throughout history. Rating:

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History Material Type:Internet resource Document Type:Book, Internet Resource All Authors / Contributors:Eric R Scerri ISBN:9780195305739 0195305736 OCLC Number:62766695 Description:xxii, 346 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm Contents:The periodic system: An overview --
Quantitative relationships among the elements and the origins of the periodic table --
Discoverers of the periodic system --
Mendeleev --
Prediction and accommodation: The acceptance of Mendeleev's periodic system --
The nucleus and the periodic table: Radioactivity, atomic number, and isotopy --
The electron and chemical periodicity --
Electronic explanations of the periodic system developed by chemists --
Quantum mechanics and the periodic table --
Astrophysics, nucleosynthesis, and more chemistry. Responsibility:Eric R. Scerri. More information:

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A comprehensive survey of the periodic table of the elements including the work of precursors, and the discovery of the periodic system by six independent scientists. Other chapters are devoted to Mendeleev, the impact of modern physics including Bohr's quantum theoretical approach. The extent to which modern quantum mechanics is able to explain the periodic system is carefully examined.  Read more...

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Eric Scerri is something of a rara avis. Scerri's philosophical orientation enriches the text by raising a number of thought-provoking issues ... The book under review here is clearly and engagingly written and meticulously researched with 42 pages of notes. * Journal of Chemical Education, 2007. * ...well written and represents a valuable new compilation of existing knowledge on the subject. * Denis Rouvray, Chemistry World, 1 May 2007 * To a chemist, the periodic table is a tool and Leitmotif in the same way that word and letters are the trade of the literary world. Like most tools, constant use and exposure tends to make one blase about the inherent and intellectual beauty. In this book, Eric Scerri manages to walk the delicate balance between academic rigor and a gripping story in presenting the history and philosophy of the periodic table. This is a book that anyone with an interest in science ingeneral and chemistry in particular should read. * Ed Constable, Switzerland, Amazon UK, 14 January 2007 * It is an essential item on every chemist's bookshelf. * Foundations of Chemistry, Vol 9, 2007 * A book that is truly the definitive work in its field: The Periodic Table by Scerri. * Foundations of Chemistry, Vol 9, 2007 * ...the quality is not merely skin deep, there is a real scholarship inside...I would have been proud to have written this book rather than just contributing one image. * Gordon Woods, Education in Chemistry, * This is undoubtedly a book that every practising chemist and chemistry educator should read because of its far-reaching implications for understanding the nature of the periodic law and the challenges it presents to contemporary portrayals of the Periodic Table. * Kevin Berg, Newsletter of International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group * Strangely, relatively few books have been devoted to it, [the Periodic Table] which makes Scerri's particularly welcome - all the more so since not only does he recount events leading up to its discovery, but also analyses its underlying meaning and implications. * John Emsley, TLS * Every chemist should read this book. It will also prove valuable for those who teach chemistry. By writing this book Scerri has done us a significant service. * Chemical Educator, Volume 12. No.6, 2007 * Eric Scerri's first book is timely, fluently written, and full of interesting ideas. This book is essential reading for any school chemistry teacher and is recommended for college or university chemistry lecturers. * Metascience (2008) 17:155-157 * Every chemist educator should read this book..[...] By writing this book and describing his philosophy, Scerri has done us a significant service. He has prompted us to think and argue. We need not agree with every conclusion he draws, but his ideas will certainly set us thinking, which, of course, is what good science is all about. He has broadened our minds. * Struc Chem 2008 * ...valuable for students and teachers in sciences, as well as in the philosophy, and any other discipline that has some reference to chemistry. * Ivan Juranic JSCS * Read more...

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