Foundations of Chemistry

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 235–238 | Cite as

Eric R. Scerri: selected papers on the periodic table

Imperial College Press, London, 1st edn, 2009, ISBN-10: 1-84816-425-4, ISBN-13: 978-1-84816-425-3, 143 pp, Price: US$88/£66
  • Pieter Thyssen
Book Review

Selected Papers on The Periodic Table represents a wonderful collection of ten influential papers from the hand of Eric R. Scerri (vide infra for the contents)—the leading authority on the history and philosophy of the periodic table of the elements, and author of the bestselling book The Periodic Table: Its Story and Its Significance (published by Oxford University Press in 2007). Eric Scerri is one of the founders of the philosophy of chemistry and editor-in-chief of Foundations of Chemistry. He recently published “an outstanding and much anticipated” (McIntyre 2009) volume of Collected Papers on Philosophy of Chemistry (published by Imperial College Press in 2008).

The key articles in this volume are preceded by an extensive and enlightening introduction of twelve pages, and have been chronologically arranged—covering a period of 19 years from 1991 to 2009. All these research papers have been previously published in a number of scientific (International Journal of Quantum Chemistry)...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ph.D. Fellow of the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO), Department of Chemistry, Laboratory of Coordination ChemistryKatholieke Universiteit LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

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