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  1. Nicholas W. Best (forthcoming). Lavoisier’s “Reflections on Phlogiston” II: On the Nature of Heat. Foundations of Chemistry:1-11.
    Having refuted the phlogiston theory, Lavoisier uses this second portion of his essay to expound his new theory of combustion, based on the oxygen principle. He gives a mechanistic account of thermodynamic phenomena in terms of a subtle fluid and its ability to penetrate porous bodies. He uses this hypothetical fluid to explain volume changes, heat capacity and latent heat. Beyond the three types of combustion that he distinguishes and defines, Lavoisier also explains other chemical sources of heat, such as (...)
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  2. Brice Laurent (forthcoming). Operations for a Problem of Existence: Dealing with the Ontological Uncertainty of Nano Substances. Foundations of Chemistry:1-18.
    This paper discusses the operations meant to act on situations of ontological uncertainties for chemicals. Using examples related to substances developed as part of nanotechnology programs, it analyses technical and social instruments meant to define the existence of these substances, as « new » or « existing » chemicals. Carbon nanotubes developed by a French company offer an illustration of containment, while the legal disputes about nano silver in the U.S. display oppositions about whether or not these compounds are equivalent (...)
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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Michael Downward (forthcoming). Symmetry and Representation in a Three Dimensional Space. Foundations of Chemistry:1-13.
    Schoenflies point groups are presented in terms of spatial partitions and Laue classes based on abstract groups. A much simpler system using only a minimal set of generators for three dimensional groups is then presented in the same form. This simplified treatment allows group operations of a given Laue class to be correlated to a greatly simplified Mulliken-style notation for irreducible representations of that class. Transformation matrix representations of point groups in the simplified style can then be manipulated according to (...)
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  6. 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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  7. Stéphanie Lacour, Sacha Loeve, Brice Laurent, Virginie Albe, Aurélie Delemarle, Bernard Bartenlian & Sophie Lanone (forthcoming). Deliberating Responsibility: A Collective Contribution by the C’Nano IdF Nanoscience & Society Office. Foundations of Chemistry:1-21.
    The very existence of explicit techno-scientific controversies in the “nano” arena is often denied on behalf of a conception of science, risks, public engagement and responsibility which borders on a disembodied idealism and merits at least serious discussion. The recurrence of this view prompted us to clarify our position regarding our common field of research, in order to avoid being trapped in the seemingly clear divide between the universal and neutral pursuit of pure science, on the one hand, and on (...)
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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Delphine Schaming & Hynd Remita (forthcoming). Nanotechnology: From the Ancient Time to Nowadays. Foundations of Chemistry:1-19.
    While nanosciences and nanotechnologies appear as new concepts developed at the end of the twentieth century, we show that metallic nanoparticles have already been used since ancient times, in particular as colorant in the glass and ceramic industries. Moreover, a lot of natural nanomaterials are also present in the mineral, vegetal and animal worlds. Nevertheless, the breakthrough of nanotechnology has been permitted in the past few decades by the advent of apparatus allowing the manipulation and observation of the nanoworld. Indeed, (...)
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  11. Jozef Šima (forthcoming). Structure-Related Melting and Boiling Points of Inorganic Compounds. Foundations of Chemistry:1-13.
    The paper is aimed at rationalizing relationships between the structure of inorganic compounds in condensed phases and their melting and boiling points. It is documented that the main factor governing both points is their molecular or polymeric nature. In case of polymeric ionic compounds, the higher actual charge bearing by the ions involved, the higher their melting/boiling points. In case of covalent polymers, the value of both points increases with polymer dimensionality and with the number and energy of the respective (...)
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  12. Eric Zencey (forthcoming). La energía, el recurso maestro1. Foundations of Chemistry.
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