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Mendeleev’s periodic law and the 19th century debates on atomism

Thyssen, Pieter (2010) Mendeleev’s periodic law and the 19th century debates on atomism. [Preprint]

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Abstract

The heated debates and severe conflicts between the atomists and the anti-atomists of the latter half of the nineteenth century are well known to the historian of science. The position of Dmitrii Ivanovich Mendeleev (1834–1907) towards these nineteenth century debates on atomism will be studied in this paper. A first attempt will thus be offered to reconcile Mendeleev’s seemingly contradictory comments and ambiguous standpoints into one coherent view.


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Thyssen, Pieterpieterthyssen@gmail.com
Keywords: Mendeleev, periodic table, periodic system, periodic law, atomism, anti-atomism, chemical atomism, physical atomism, Berthelot, Ostwald, Urbain, rare-earth crisis, dual sense of the epistemological concept of chemical elements
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Chemistry
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Dr. Pieter Thyssen
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2014 10:20
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2014 10:20
Item ID: 10716
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Chemistry
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 2010
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10716

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