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  1. Conal Boyce (forthcoming). Using Logic to Define the Aufbau–Hund–Pauli Relation: A Guide to Teaching Orbitals as a Single, Natural, Unfragmented Rule-Set. [REVIEW] Foundations of Chemistry:1-14.
    The general chemistry curriculum includes a prelude that consumes nearly all of the first semester and occupies the first third of the typical textbook. This necessary prelude to the main event is comparable in scope to precalculus though not broken out as a formal ‘prechemistry’ course. Atomic orbitals account for much of this prelude-to-chemistry. By tradition, orbital theory is conveyed to the student in three disjunct pieces, presented in the following illogical order: the Pauli principle, the Aufbau principle, and Hund’s (...)
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  2. Alejandro Ramírez-Solís & Octavio Novaro (forthcoming). The First Metals in Mendeleiev's Table: Further Arguments to Place He Above Ne and Not Above Be. [REVIEW] Foundations of Chemistry:1-5.
    In a recent paper in this Journal, one of us argued against placing He above Be in Mendeleiev’s system of the elements. In it the goal was to dispute the notion that in Mendeleiev’s system of the elements the location of He should in fact lie above Be, which has a very similar electronic configuration, rather than above the noble gas column. That paper was based on rather old, Hartree–Fock limit studies on the strikingly limited non-additive contributions in the He (...)
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  3. Eric Scerri (forthcoming). Erratum To: Editorial 41. [REVIEW] Foundations of Chemistry:1-1.
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  4. Giovanni Villani (forthcoming). Structured System in Chemistry: Comparison with Mechanics and Biology. [REVIEW] Foundations of Chemistry:1-17.
    The fundamental concept of structured chemical system has been introduced and analysed in this paper. This concept, as in biology but not in physics, is very important in chemistry. In fact, the main chemical concepts (molecule and compound) have been identified as systemic concepts and their use in chemical explanation can only be justified in this approach. The fundamental concept of “environment” has been considered and then the system concept in mechanics, chemistry and biology. The differences and the analogies between (...)
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  5. Amihud Gilead (forthcoming). Chain Reactions, “Impossible” Reactions, and Panenmentalist Possibilities. Foundations of Chemistry:1-14.
    Panenmentalist possibilities are individual pure possibilities existing independently of any mind, actual reality, and possible-world conception. These possibilities are a priori accessible to our intellect and imagination. In this paper, I attempt to shed some panenmentalist light on the discovery of chemical branched chain reactions and its implications on biology and cancer research. I also examine the case of the Belousov–Zhabotinsky reaction which, at first, was believed to be impossible. Finally, I proceed to examine through a panenmentalist lens Szilard’s discovery (...)
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  6. Amihud Gilead (forthcoming). Pure Possibilities and Some Striking Scientific Discoveries. Foundations of Chemistry:1-15.
    Regardless or independent of any actuality or actualization and exempt from spatiotemporal and causal conditions, each individual possibility is pure. Actualism excludes the existence of individual pure possibilities, altogether or at least as existing independently of actual reality. In this paper, I demonstrate, on the grounds of my possibilist metaphysics—panenmentalism—how some of the most fascinating scientific discoveries in chemistry could not have been accomplished without relying on pure possibilities and the ways in which they relate to each other (for instance, (...)
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  7. Raymundo Hernández & Octavio Novaro (forthcoming). The First Metals in Mendeleiev's Table: Part II. A New Argument Against the Placement of Hydrogen Atop the Alkali Metal Column. [REVIEW] Foundations of Chemistry:1-4.
    Every so often an experiment trying to give reliable evidence for a metallic hydrogen solid is reported. Such evidence is, however, not too convincing. As Eric Scerri has recently reiterated, “the jury is still out on that issue” (Scerri 2012). This search stems from the common spectroscopy shared by the hydrogen atom and all the alkali metal atoms, and perhaps is guided by a desire to place hydrogen atop the alkali metals, in Mendeleiev’s Table, reinforced by the fact pointed out (...)
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  8. Hinne Hettema (forthcoming). Linking Chemistry with Physics: A Reply to Lombardi. Foundations of Chemistry:1-8.
    In this paper I reply to Olimpia Lombardi’s comment on my recent book Reducing Chemistry to Physics: Limits, Models, Consequences.
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  9. Olimpia Lombardi (forthcoming). Linking Chemistry with Physics: Arguments and Counterarguments. [REVIEW] Foundations of Chemistry:1-12.
    The many-faced relationship between chemistry and physics is one of the most discussed topics in the philosophy of chemistry. In his recent book Reducing Chemistry to Physics. Limits, Models, Consequences, Hinne Hettema (Reducing chemistry to physics. Limits, models, consequences, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Groningen, 2012) conceives this relationship as a reduction link, and devotes his work to defend this position on the basis of a “naturalized” concept of reduction. In the present paper I critically review three kinds of issues stemming from Hettema’s (...)
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  10. Carlos Alberto Marques & Adélio A. S. C. Machado (forthcoming). Environmental Sustainability: Implications and Limitations to Green Chemistry. [REVIEW] Foundations of Chemistry:1-23.
    This study discusses the relationship between Green Chemistry and Environmental Sustainability as expressed in textbooks and articles on Green Chemistry authored by their promoters. It was found that although the Brundtland concept of Sustainable Development/Sustainability has been mentioned often by green chemists, a full analysis of that relationship was almost never attempted. In particular, green chemists have paid scarce attention to the importance of The Second Law of thermodynamics on Environmental Sustainability and the consequences of the limitations it imposes on (...)
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  11. Paul Needham (forthcoming). Nineteenth-Century Chemical Theory: Correction of a Misunderstanding. [REVIEW] Foundations of Chemistry:1-3.
    I reply in this short note to some criticisms that Alan Rocke has recently made in this journal.
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  12. Alan Rocke (forthcoming). Response to a Letter to the Editor. Foundations of Chemistry:1-2.
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  13. Eric Scerri (forthcoming). Editorial 39. Foundations of Chemistry.
    Editorial 39 Content Type Journal Article Category Editorial Pages 1-2 DOI 10.1007/s10698-011-9138-5 Authors Eric Scerri, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA Journal Foundations of Chemistry Online ISSN 1572-8463 Print ISSN 1386-4238.
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  14. Eric Scerri (forthcoming). Editorial 40. Foundations of Chemistry.
    Editorial 40 Content Type Journal Article Category Editorial Pages 1-2 DOI 10.1007/s10698-012-9148-y Authors Eric R. Scerri, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA Journal Foundations of Chemistry Online ISSN 1572-8463 Print ISSN 1386-4238.
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  15. Eric Zencey (forthcoming). La energía, el recurso maestro1. Foundations of Chemistry.
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