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  1. Jean-Pierre Llored (forthcoming). Kostas Gavroglu and Ana Simões: Neither Physics nor Chemistry. A History of Quantum Chemistry. Foundations of Chemistry:1-4.
    In line with their previous studies dedicated to quantum chemistry (Gavroglu and Simões 1994, 2000; Simões and Gavroglu 1997, 2001), the last joint publication by Kostas Gavroglu and Ana Simões provides the readers not only with a fine-grained, rigorous, and highly valuable book on the history of science but also with stimulating epistemological insights about the way ‘in-between’ disciplines, to use the authors’ turn of phrase, emerge from the convergence of diverging ‘styles’ of research and heterogeneous practices. To make their (...)
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  2. Jan C. A. Boeyens (forthcoming). Wave-Mechanical Model for Chemistry. Foundations of Chemistry:1-16.
    The strength and defects of wave mechanics as a theory of chemistry are critically examined. Without the secondary assumption of wave–particle duality, the seminal equation describes matter waves and leaves the concept of point particles undefined. To bring the formalism into line with the theory of special relativity, it is shown to require reformulation in hypercomplex algebra that imparts a new meaning to electron spin as a holistic spinor, eliminating serious current misconceptions in the process. Reformulation in the curved space–time (...)
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  3. Kevin Charles de Berg (forthcoming). Foundations of and Challenges to Electrolyte Chemistry. Foundations of Chemistry:1-16.
    Mathematics is so common-place in modern physics and chemistry that one may not realise how controversial its admittance was to these fields in the eightieth and ninetieth centuries respectively. This paper deals with the controversy during the formation of physical chemistry as a discipline in the late ninetieth and early twentieth centuries and sketches more recent criticisms of the way mathematics has been used in solution chemistry. The controversy initially related particularly to electrolyte chemistry and its emerging use of mathematics (...)
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  4. Francesco Di Giacomo (forthcoming). On Some Characteristics of Marcus’ Work in the Light of the History of Science. Foundations of Chemistry:1-12.
    Professor Rudolph A. Marcus, recipient of the 1992 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, is a distinguished theoretical chemist. Two important theories happen to bear his name: the Rice Ramsperger Kassel Marcus theory of unimolecular reactions and the Marcus theory of electron transfer reactions. When considering Marcus’ work, one finds characteristics of it that bear striking similarity to those that can be found in the work of some famous scientists. Such characteristics appear then as common recurring patterns in the work of theoreticians. (...)
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  5. Rodolfo Gambini, Lucía Lewowicz & Jorge Pullin (forthcoming). Quantum Mechanics, Strong Emergence and Ontological Non-Reducibility. Foundations of Chemistry:1-11.
    We show that a new interpretation of quantum mechanics, in which the notion of event is defined without reference to measurement or observers, allows to construct a quantum general ontology based on systems, states and events. Unlike the Copenhagen interpretation, it does not resort to elements of a classical ontology. The quantum ontology in turn allows us to recognize that a typical behavior of quantum systems exhibits strong emergence and ontological non-reducibility. Such phenomena are not exceptional but natural, and are (...)
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  6. Pio Garcia (forthcoming). Computer Simulations and Experiments: In Vivo–in Vitro Conditions in Biochemistry. Foundations of Chemistry:1-17.
    Scientific practices have been changed by the increasing use of computer simulations. A central question for philosophers is how to characterize computer simulations. In this paper, we address this question by analyzing simulations in biochemistry. We propose that simulations have been used in biochemistry long before computers arrived. Simulation can be described as a surrogate relationship between models. Moreover, a simulative aspect is implicit in the classical dichotomy between in vivo–in vitro conditions. Based on a discussion about how to characterize (...)
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  7. JudithAnn R. Hartman & Eric A. Nelson (forthcoming). Do We Need to Memorize That?” or Cognitive Science for Chemists. Foundations of Chemistry:1-12.
    In introductory chemistry courses, should students be encouraged to solve problems by reasoning based on conceptual understanding or by applying memorized facts and algorithms? Cognitive scientists have recently studied this issue with the assistance of new technologies. In the current consensus model for cognition, during problem solving the brain relies on “working memory” to sequentially process small elements of knowledge. Working memory is able to hold and manipulate virtually all elements that can be recalled “with automaticity” from long-term memory, but (...)
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  8. William B. Jensen (forthcoming). The Positions of Lanthanum and Lutetium in the Periodic Table: An Update. Foundations of Chemistry:1-9.
    This article updates the author’s 1982 argument that lutetium and lawrencium, rather than lanthanum and actinium, should be assigned to the d-block as the heavier analogs of scandium and yttrium, whereas lanthanum and actinium should be considered as the first members of the f-block with irregular configurations. This update is embedded within a detailed analysis of Lavelle’s abortive 2008 attempt to discredit this suggestion.
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  9. Juergen Heinrich Maar & Eder João Lenardão (forthcoming). The Brazilian Contribution of Alcindo Flores Cabral to the Periodic Classification. Foundations of Chemistry:1-18.
    This paper presents the contributions of Alcindo Flores Cabral , professor of Chemistry at the Faculdade de Agronomia Eliseu Maciel, nowadays part of the Universidade Federal de Pelotas, to chemistry teaching. It is a contribution almost unknown to the Brazilian chemical community, although recognized as valuable by several renowned chemists abroad, like W. Hückel, G. Charlot, F. Strong, E. Fessenden and others. Cabral’s innovative helical representation is presented in connection not only with contemporary representations, but also an incursion is made (...)
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  10. Giuliano Moretti (forthcoming). The “Extent of Reaction”: A Powerful Concept to Study Chemical Transformations at the First-Year General Chemistry Courses. Foundations of Chemistry:1-9.
    The concept of extent of reaction was discussed many times in physical chemistry journals and books. This contribution strongly suggests the use of the extent of reaction as standard basic tool in teaching stoichiometry. The same idea was suggested several times in the past without success because the concept of extent of reaction is still not presented in the first-year general chemistry textbooks. It is also remarked that the concept of extent of reaction represents a simple example of the way (...)
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  11. Gábor Palló (forthcoming). Jean-Pierre Llored (Ed.): The Philosophy of Chemistry: Practices, Methodologies, and Concepts. Foundations of Chemistry:1-3.
    Chemists do not interpret the world in various ways; their point is to change it. This variation on Karl Marx’ Feuerbach thesis came to my mind while reading the new Philosophy of Chemistry volume.The 11th thesis originally sounds like this: “Philosophers have hitherto only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it”. The thick book contains more than forty studies related to the relatively new field. In this short review, it would be too much even to (...)
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  12. Alexander Yu Rulev (forthcoming). Pegniochemistry as a New Branch of the Chemical Science. Foundations of Chemistry:1-8.
    The creation of new branch of chemistry is reported. The chemical research article was examined seriously and humorously from the pegniochemistry point of view.
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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. Vijay M. Tangde (forthcoming). Advances in Hadronic Chemistry and its Applications. Foundations of Chemistry:1-17.
    In this paper, we outline the foundations of the time invariant, non-unitary covering of quantum chemistry known as hadronic chemistry, we illustrate its validity by reviewing the exact representations of the binding energies of the Hydrogen and water molecules, and present new advances.
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  16. Eric Zencey (forthcoming). La energía, el recurso maestro1. Foundations of Chemistry.
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