The Periodic Table: The Ultimate Paper Tool in Chemistry

  • Eric Scerri
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 222)


The term paper tool as well as similar ones like conceptual tools, tools of representation, and tool-box of science, have begun to creep into the literature, especially in the history of science. The first of these terms, paper tools, was coined by Ursula Klein (Klein, “Berzelian Formulas”). The other terms I mention, which evoke similar ideas have been used by the likes of Bruno Latour, Jed Buchwald and Nancy Cartwright in spite of their widely diverging philosophical orientations. In addition terms like “tools of representation” are sometimes used by scientists, in particular in the computational sciences. Since one theme of this volume is `paper tools in chemistry and other experimental science’ I will try to say a few words about how I interpret this phrase.


Periodic Table Periodic System Atomic Weight Equivalent Weight Horizontal Relationship 
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  • Eric Scerri
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  1. 1.Dept. of Chemistry & BiochemistryUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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