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A Tale of Seven Scientists and a New Philosophy of Science (Hardcover): Eric Scerri A Tale of Seven Scientists and a New Philosophy of Science (Hardcover)
Eric Scerri
R691 Discovery Miles 6 910 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In his latest book, Eric Scerri presents a completely original account of the nature of scientific progress. It consists of a holistic and unified approach in which science is seen as a living and evolving single organism. Instead of scientific revolutions featuring exceptionally gifted individuals, Scerri argues that the 'little people' contribute as much as the 'heroes' of science. To do this he examines seven case studies of virtually unknown chemists and physicists in the early 20th century quest to discover the structure of the atom. They include the amateur scientist Anton van den Broek who pioneered the notion of atomic number as well as Edmund Stoner a then physics graduate student who provided the seed for Pauli's Exclusion Principle. Another case is the physicist John Nicholson who is virtually unknown and yet was the first to propose the notion of quantization of angular momentum that was soon put to good use by Niels Bohr. Instead of focusing on the logic and rationality of science, Scerri elevates the role of trial and error and multiple discovery and moves beyond the notion of scientific developments being right or wrong. While criticizing Thomas Kuhn's notion of scientific revolutions he agrees with Kuhn that science is not drawn towards an external truth but is rather driven from within. The book will enliven the long-standing debate on the nature of science, which has increasingly shied away from the big question of "what is science?"

30-Second Elements - The 50 Most Significant Elements, Each Explained in Half a Minute (Paperback): Eric Scerri 30-Second Elements - The 50 Most Significant Elements, Each Explained in Half a Minute (Paperback)
Eric Scerri 1
R250 R200 Discovery Miles 2 000 Save R50 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

When was radium discovered? Who are Dmitri Mendeleev and Glenn T. Seaborg? Who discovered uranium’s radioactivity? Which element is useful for dating the age of Earth? And why doesn’t gold have a scientific name?

30-Second Elements presents you with the very foundations of chemical knowledge, explaining concisely the 50 most significant chemical elements.

This book uses helpful glossaries and tables to fast track your knowledge of the other 68 elements and the relationships between all of them.

What Is A Chemical Element? - A Collection of Essays by Chemists, Philosophers, Historians, and Educators (Hardcover): Eric... What Is A Chemical Element? - A Collection of Essays by Chemists, Philosophers, Historians, and Educators (Hardcover)
Eric Scerri, Elena Ghibaudi
R2,296 Discovery Miles 22 960 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The concept of a chemical element is foundational within the field of chemistry, but there is wide disagreement over its definition. Even the International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) claims two distinct definitions: a species of atoms versus one which identifies chemical elements with the simple substances bearing their names. The double definition of elements proposed by the International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry contrasts an abstract meaning and an operational one. Nevertheless, the philosophical aspects of this notion are not fully captured by the IUPAC definitions, despite the fact that they were crucial for the construction of the Periodic Table. Although rich scientific literature on the element and the periodic table exists as well as a recent growth in the philosophy of chemistry, scholars are still searching for a definitive answer to this important question: What is an element? Eric Scerri and Elena Ghibaudi have teamed up to assemble a group of scholars to provide readers an overview of the current state of the debate on chemical elements from epistemological, historical, and educational perspectives. What Is A Chemical Element? fills a gap for the benefit of the whole chemistry community-experimental researchers, philosophers, chemistry educators, and anyone looking to learn more about the elements of the periodic table.

Essays in the Philosophy of Chemistry (Hardcover): Eric Scerri, Grant Fisher Essays in the Philosophy of Chemistry (Hardcover)
Eric Scerri, Grant Fisher
R1,406 Discovery Miles 14 060 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The philosophy of chemistry has emerged in recent years as a new and autonomous field within the Anglo-American philosophical tradition. With the development of this new discipline, Eric Scerri and Grant Fisher's Essays in the Philosophy of Chemistry is a timely and definitive guide to all current thought in this field. This edited volume will serve to map out the distinctive features of the field and its connections to the philosophies of the natural sciences and general philosophy of science more broadly. It will be a reference for students and professional alike. Both the philosophy of chemistry and philosophies of scientific practice alike reflect the splitting of analytical and continental scholastic traditions, and some philosophers are turning for inspiration from the familiar resources of analytical philosophy to influences from the continental tradition and pragmatism. While philosophy of chemistry is practiced very much within the familiar analytical tradition, it is also capable of trail-blazing new philosophical approaches. In such a way, the seemingly disparate disciplines such as the "hard sciences" and philosophy become much more linked.

Philosophy of Chemistry - Growth of a New Discipline (Hardcover, 2nd ed. 2015): Eric Scerri, Lee McIntyre Philosophy of Chemistry - Growth of a New Discipline (Hardcover, 2nd ed. 2015)
Eric Scerri, Lee McIntyre
R2,509 R2,192 Discovery Miles 21 920 Save R317 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This volume follows the successful book, which has helped to introduce and spread the Philosophy of Chemistry to a wider audience of philosophers, historians, science educators as well as chemists, physicists and biologists. The introduction summarizes the way in which the field has developed in the ten years since the previous volume was conceived and introduces several new authors who did not contribute to the first edition. The editors are well placed to assemble this book, as they are the editor in chief and deputy editors of the leading academic journal in the field, Foundations of Chemistry. The philosophy of chemistry remains a somewhat neglected field, unlike the philosophy of physics and the philosophy of biology. Why there has been little philosophical attention to the central discipline of chemistry among the three natural sciences is a theme that is explored by several of the contributors. This volume will do a great deal to redress this imbalance. Among the themes covered is the question of reduction of chemistry to physics, the reduction of biology to chemistry, whether true chemical laws exist and causality in chemistry. In addition more general questions of the nature of organic chemistry, biochemistry and chemical synthesis are examined by specialist in these areas.

Philosophy of Chemistry - Synthesis of a New Discipline (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2006. Corr. 3rd printing 2007): Davis Baird, Eric... Philosophy of Chemistry - Synthesis of a New Discipline (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2006. Corr. 3rd printing 2007)
Davis Baird, Eric Scerri, Lee McIntyre
R4,306 R3,537 Discovery Miles 35 370 Save R769 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This comprehensive volume marks a new standard in scholarship in the emerging field of the philosophy of chemistry. Philosophers, chemists, and historians of science ask some fundamental questions about the relationship between philosophy and chemistry.

The Periodic Table - Its Story and Its Significance (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition): Eric Scerri The Periodic Table - Its Story and Its Significance (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition)
Eric Scerri
R674 Discovery Miles 6 740 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The periodic table of elements is among the most recognizable image in science. It lies at the core of chemistry and embodies the most fundamental principles of science. In this new edition, Eric Scerri offers readers a complete and updated history and philosophy of the periodic table. Written in a lively style to appeal to experts and interested lay-persons alike, The Periodic Table: Its Story and Its Significance begins with an overview of the importance of the periodic table and the manner in which the term "element" has been interpreted by chemists and philosophers across time. The book traces the evolution and development of the periodic table from its early beginnings with the work of the precursors like De Chancourtois, Newlands and Meyer to Mendeleev's 1869 first published table and beyond. Several chapters are devoted to developments in 20th century physics, especially quantum mechanics and and the extent to which they explain the periodic table in a more fundamental way. Other chapters examine the formation of the elements, nuclear structure, the discovery of the last seven infra-uranium elements, and the synthesis of trans-uranium elements. Finally, the book considers the many different ways of representing the periodic system and the quest for an optimal arrangement.

Philosophy of Chemistry - Growth of a New Discipline (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2015): Eric Scerri,... Philosophy of Chemistry - Growth of a New Discipline (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2015)
Eric Scerri, Lee McIntyre
R2,150 Discovery Miles 21 500 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This volume follows the successful book, which has helped to introduce and spread the Philosophy of Chemistry to a wider audience of philosophers, historians, science educators as well as chemists, physicists and biologists. The introduction summarizes the way in which the field has developed in the ten years since the previous volume was conceived and introduces several new authors who did not contribute to the first edition. The editors are well placed to assemble this book, as they are the editor in chief and deputy editors of the leading academic journal in the field, Foundations of Chemistry. The philosophy of chemistry remains a somewhat neglected field, unlike the philosophy of physics and the philosophy of biology. Why there has been little philosophical attention to the central discipline of chemistry among the three natural sciences is a theme that is explored by several of the contributors. This volume will do a great deal to redress this imbalance. Among the themes covered is the question of reduction of chemistry to physics, the reduction of biology to chemistry, whether true chemical laws exist and causality in chemistry. In addition more general questions of the nature of organic chemistry, biochemistry and chemical synthesis are examined by specialist in these areas.

Philosophy of Chemistry - Synthesis of a New Discipline (Paperback, Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2006): Davis Baird,... Philosophy of Chemistry - Synthesis of a New Discipline (Paperback, Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2006)
Davis Baird, Eric Scerri, Lee McIntyre
R4,648 Discovery Miles 46 480 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This comprehensive volume marks a new standard in scholarship in the emerging field of the philosophy of chemistry. Philosophers, chemists, and historians of science ask some fundamental questions about the relationship between philosophy and chemistry.

Mendeleev to Oganesson - A Multidisciplinary Perspective on the Periodic Table (Hardcover): Eric Scerri, Guillermo Restrepo Mendeleev to Oganesson - A Multidisciplinary Perspective on the Periodic Table (Hardcover)
Eric Scerri, Guillermo Restrepo
R2,844 Discovery Miles 28 440 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Since 1969, the international chemistry community has only held conferences on the topic of the Periodic Table three times, and the 2012 conference in Cusco, Peru was the first in almost a decade. The conference was highly interdisciplinary, featuring papers on geology, physics, mathematical and theoretical chemistry, the history and philosophy of chemistry, and chemical education, from the most reputable Periodic Table scholars across the world. Eric Scerri and Guillermo Restrepo have collected fifteen of the strongest papers presented at this conference, from the most notable Periodic Table scholars. The collected volume will contain pieces on chemistry, philosophy of science, applied mathematics, and science education.

30-Second Elements - The 50 most significant elements, each explained in half a minute (Hardcover): Eric Scerri 30-Second Elements - The 50 most significant elements, each explained in half a minute (Hardcover)
Eric Scerri 1
R413 R359 Discovery Miles 3 590 Save R54 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

When was radium discovered? Who are Dmitri Mendeleev and Glenn T. Seaborg? Who discovered uranium's radioactivity? Which element is useful for dating the age of Earth? And why doesn't gold have a scientific name? 30-Second Elements presents you with the very foundations of chemical knowledge, explaining concisely the 50 most significant chemical elements. This book uses helpful glossaries and tables to fast track your knowledge of the other 68 elements and the relationships between all of them.

A Tale of Seven Elements (Hardcover): Eric Scerri A Tale of Seven Elements (Hardcover)
Eric Scerri
R515 R461 Discovery Miles 4 610 Save R54 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In 1913, English physicist Henry Moseley established an elegant method for 'counting' the elements. Soon afterwards, it became clear that there were precisely seven elements missing from the periodic table-those that had yet to be isolated among the 92 naturally occurring elements from hydrogen (#1) to uranium (#92). In A Tale of Seven Elements, Eric Scerri will present the discovery of those seven elements, five of which are radioactive and three or possibly four of were first isolated by women. The book covers a period roughly spanning the two world wars, beginning with the discovery of protactinium in 1917 and ending with that of promethium in 1945. In some cases, the state of war directly influenced attempts to isolate some of the seven elements-this is true of protactinium, when, in 1916, its discoverer, Lise Meitner, wrote of the problems she encountered in purchasing even the most basic items of laboratory equipment. During the second war, the discovery of nuclear fission, also by Meitner and her associates, quickly led to the development of the nuclear weapons program and the associated technologies of particle accelerators. Clearly, scientific discoveries occur within a social and political context and the discovery of the seven elements is no exception. This book draws together for the first time the fascinating stories of the discoveries of these seven elements, placing them in historical context.

A Tale of Seven Elements (MP3 format, CD): Eric Scerri A Tale of Seven Elements (MP3 format, CD)
Eric Scerri; Read by Barry Campbell
R224 R176 Discovery Miles 1 760 Save R48 (21%) Out of stock
The Periodic Table - Its Story and Its Significance (MP3 format, CD): Eric Scerri The Periodic Table - Its Story and Its Significance (MP3 format, CD)
Eric Scerri; Read by James Adams
R204 R191 Discovery Miles 1 910 Save R13 (6%) Out of stock
50 Elementos Qu micos - Qu  Son Y Qu  Representan (Spanish, Hardcover): Eric Scerri 50 Elementos Qu micos - Qu Son Y Qu Representan (Spanish, Hardcover)
Eric Scerri
R575 R534 Discovery Miles 5 340 Save R41 (7%) Out of stock
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