Readership: General readers with an interest in history of science and chemistry
Dr. Eric Scerri is a leading philosopher of science specializing in the history and philosophy of the periodic table. He is also the founder and editor in chief of the international journal Foundations of Chemistry and has been a full-time lecturer at UCLA for the past ten years where he regularly teaches classes of 350 chemistry students as well as classes in history and philosophy of science. He is the author of The Periodic Table: Its Story and Its Significance.
"it is an excellent read, and it is warmly recommended to all students and practitioners of chemistry and related fields, and to all those who are interested in the history and the culture of science." - Istvan Hargittai, Journal of Structural Chemistry
"Eric Scerri offers us a fascinating account of the discovery of these seven elements. Author of The Periodic Table: Its Story and Its Significance (2007), Scerri is superbly qualified for this task: chemist, philosopher of science and historian, he is the foremost contemporary analyst of the periodic table." - Alan Rocke, THE
"As a professional historian
of chemistry who thought that he already knew these stories, I was surprised by how much novel and interesting material Scerri has unearthed in this admirable book. He offers corrections to many long-standing textbook errors, both historical and scientific, and presents a fresh, thoroughly researched understanding of a complex web of interacting research during a period of about 30 years... chemists, historians and philosophers of science, as well as educated laypeople, will unquestionably find this book an entertaining and highly instructive read." - Alan Rocke, THE
"fascinating stories, full of priority disputes, nationalistic squabbles, firm announcements of
non-existent elements, and flashes of comedy and tragedy." - Virginia Trimble, The Observatory
"It's an extraordinary rich and complete book, not only regarding the chemistry of each of the studied elements, but also on the nature of science [translation]" - Revista Eureka sobre Ensenanza y Divulgacion de las Ciencias
Preface: What constitutes the discovery of an element?
Dalton, to the Discovery of the Periodic System
van den Broek, Moseley and the missing seven elements.
Element 91, protactinium
Element 72, hafnium
Element 75, rhenium
Element 43, technetium
Element 87, francium
Element 85, astatine
Element 61, promethium