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Theodore Richards and the Discovery of Isotopes

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Theodore Richards and the Discovery of Isotopes. / Wray, K. Brad.

In: Foundations of Chemistry: Philosophical, Historical, Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies of Chemistry, 2022.

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Wray, KB 2022, 'Theodore Richards and the Discovery of Isotopes', Foundations of Chemistry: Philosophical, Historical, Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies of Chemistry.

APA

Wray, K. B. (Accepted/In press). Theodore Richards and the Discovery of Isotopes. Foundations of Chemistry: Philosophical, Historical, Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies of Chemistry.

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Wray KB. 2022. Theodore Richards and the Discovery of Isotopes. Foundations of Chemistry: Philosophical, Historical, Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies of Chemistry.

MLA

Wray, K. Brad. "Theodore Richards and the Discovery of Isotopes". Foundations of Chemistry: Philosophical, Historical, Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies of Chemistry. 2022.

Vancouver

Wray KB. Theodore Richards and the Discovery of Isotopes. Foundations of Chemistry: Philosophical, Historical, Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies of Chemistry. 2022.

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Wray, K. Brad. / Theodore Richards and the Discovery of Isotopes. In: Foundations of Chemistry: Philosophical, Historical, Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies of Chemistry. 2022.

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title = "Theodore Richards and the Discovery of Isotopes",
abstract = "I challenge Gareth Eaton{\textquoteright}s recent claim that Theodore Richards should be countedamong the discoverers of isotopes. In evaluating Eaton{\textquoteright}s claim, I draw on twoinfluential theories of scientific discovery, one developed by Thomas Kuhn, and onedeveloped by Augustine Brannigan. I argue that though Richards{\textquoteright} experimental workcontributed to the discovery, his work does not warrant attributing the discovery to him. Richards{\textquoteright} reluctance to acknowledge isotopes is well document. Further, the fact that he made no claim to having made the discovery also undermines Eaton{\textquoteright}s argument.",
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year = "2022",
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journal = "Foundations of Chemistry: Philosophical, Historical, Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies of Chemistry",
issn = "1386-4238",
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RIS

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N2 - I challenge Gareth Eaton’s recent claim that Theodore Richards should be countedamong the discoverers of isotopes. In evaluating Eaton’s claim, I draw on twoinfluential theories of scientific discovery, one developed by Thomas Kuhn, and onedeveloped by Augustine Brannigan. I argue that though Richards’ experimental workcontributed to the discovery, his work does not warrant attributing the discovery to him. Richards’ reluctance to acknowledge isotopes is well document. Further, the fact that he made no claim to having made the discovery also undermines Eaton’s argument.

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KW - scientific discovery

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KW - Frederick Soddy

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