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What to make of Mendeleev’s predictions?

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I critically examine Stewart’s (Found Chem, 2018) suggestion that we should weigh the various predictions Mendeleev made differently. I argue that in his effort to justify discounting the weight of some of Mendeleev’s failures, Stewart invokes a principle that will, in turn, reduce the weight of some of the successful predictions Mendeleev made. So Stewart’s strategy will not necessarily lead to a net gain in Mendeleev’s favor.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFoundations of Chemistry: Philosophical, Historical, Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies of Chemistry
Pages (from-to)139-143
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019

    Research areas

  • Mendeleev, Periodic Table, Prediction

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