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The Periodic Table


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1: Introduction 2: Atomic weight, Triads and Prout 3: Steps towards the periodic table 4: Triumph of a Russian genius 5: The impact of the new physics 6: How the electron explains the periodic table 7: How chemists reacted 8: Quantum Mechanics makes further advances 9: Forged in the stars 10: Back to chemistry 11: Why so many tables? Which is best? Further reading Index

About the Author

Eric R. Scerri is a lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the founder and editor-in-chief of Foundations of Chemistry, a journal covering the history and philosophy of chemistry, and chemical education. He has authored over 150 articles in peer-reviewed journals and many articles in popular science magazines, including Scientific American, American Scientist, and Cosmos, among others. His books include A Tale of Seven Elements, (Oxford University Press, 2013) and A Tale of Seven Scientists and A New Philosophy of Science, (Oxford University Press, 2016). Further information about the author can be found at www.ericscerri.com


In the 150 years since Mendeleev unveiled his periodic table, much has been written about chemistry's iconic organizing system. But for a concise and up-to-the-moment summary of the table's origins, significance and continuing growth, Eric Scerri's introduction can't be bettered. * Philip Ball, science writer and author *
A masterful and readable account of an iconic symbol of science. * John Emsley, chemist and popular science writer *
The Periodic Table: A Very Short Introduction, is an excellent choice for the chemistry teacher. It is an easy and quick read and offers considerable information both in history and background that can be helpful to your teaching of this aspect of chemistry. * Chem13 News Magazine *

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