The Periodic Table: A Very Short Introduction by Eric ScerriThe Periodic Table: A Very Short Introduction by Eric Scerri

The Periodic Table: A Very Short Introduction

byEric Scerri

Paperback | November 18, 2011

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Here, Eric Scerri looks at the trends in properties of elements that led to the construction of the periodic table, and how the deeper meaning of its structure gradually became apparent with the development of atomic theory and quantum mechanics, so that, as Scerri puts it, one science,physics, arguably came to colonize another, chemistry, although such a view is resisted by chemists. Scerri shows that quantum mechanics is absolutely central to chemistry, as it underlies the behaviour of all of the elements and their compounds, and therefore underpins the structure of the periodictable. Concluding with an overview of the huge variety of periodic tables that have been proposed in the print media and on the Internet, he explores the debated question of whether there is an optimal periodic table and what form it might take.
Dr Eric Scerri is a lecturer in chemistry as well as history and philosophy of science at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of three books, The Periodic Table: Its story and its significance, (OUP, 2007), Collected Papers on the Philosophy of Chemistry (Imperial College Press, 2008), and Selected Papers on the...
Title:The Periodic Table: A Very Short IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pagesPublished:November 18, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Atomic weight, Triads and Prout3. Steps towards the periodic table4. Triumph of a Russian genius5. The impact of the new physics6. How the electron explains the periodic table7. How chemists reacted8. Quantum Mechanics makes further advances9. Forged in the stars10. Back to Chemistry11. Why so many tables? Which is best?Further reading