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What Happened When Chemists Came to Classify Elements by their Atomic Number?

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I respond to Scerri’s recent reply to my claim that there was a scientific revolution in chemistry in the early 20th Century. I grant, as Scerri insists, that there are significant continuities through the change about which we are arguing. That is so in all scientific revolutions. But I argue that the changes were such that they constitute a Kuhnian revolution, not in the classic sense of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, but in the sense of Kuhn’s mature theory, developed in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFoundations of Chemistry: Philosophical, Historical, Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies of Chemistry
Pages (from-to)161-170
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022

    Research areas

  • atomic number, chemical elements, scientific revolution, Thomas Kuhn, isotopes, periodic table of elements, theory change

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