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  1. 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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  2. Naum S. Imyanitov (forthcoming). Adequacy of the New Formulation of the Periodic Law When Fundamental Variations Occur in Blocks and Periods. Foundations of Chemistry:1-13.
    In the Periodic Tables the transition from atoms to double-charged cations is accompanied by alterations in the composition of s and p blocks and reciprocal location of blocks, as well as by changes in the composition and length of periods. We have previously described the relationship between the atom properties and the total number of differentiating electrons. This paper demonstrates that, despite the above transition-related alterations, this relationship is also valid for the description of the properties of double-charged cations. This (...)
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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. Juan Bautista Bengoetxea, Oliver Todt & José Luis Luján (forthcoming). Similarity and Representation in Chemical Knowledge Practices. Foundations of Chemistry:1-19.
    This paper argues for the theoretical and practical validity of similarity as a useful epistemological tool in scientific knowledge generation, specifically in chemistry. Classical analyses of similarity in philosophy of science do not account for the concept’s practical significance in scientific activities. We recur to examples from chemistry to counter the claim of authors like Quine or Goodman to the effect that similarity must be excluded from scientific practices (as well as their philosophical analysis). In conclusion we argue that more (...)
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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. George B. Kauffman (forthcoming). Ulf Lagerkvist: Erling Norrby (Ed.): The Periodic Table and a Missed Nobel Prize. Foundations of Chemistry:1-3.
    The “story behind the story” of the genesis of this book is an involved and fascinating one. In May the Sven and Dagmar Salén Foundation decided to give a grant to Ulf Lagerqvist (1926–2010) to permit publication of his manuscript titled The Bewildered Nobel Committee by the World Scientific Publishing Company (WSPC). This decision was based on a thorough review by Torbjörn Norin, Professor of Organic Chemistry at the Royal School of Technology (Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, KTH) in Stockholm and a (...)
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  8. George B. Kauffman (forthcoming). Eric Scerri: A Tale of 7 Elements. Foundations of Chemistry:1-4.
    The iconic status of the periodic table of the elements has been recognized by a variety of prominent chemists and historians of science. For example, John Emsley proclaimed: “As long as chemistry is studied there will be a periodic table. And even if someday we communicate with another part of the universe, we can be sure that one thing that both cultures will have in common is an ordered system of the elements that will be instantly recognizable by both intelligent (...)
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  9. George B. Kauffman (forthcoming). Eric Scerri (Ed): 30-Second Elements: The 50 Most Significant Elements, Each Explained in Half a Minute. Foundations of Chemistry:1-2.
    Besides the book under review here, the “30-Second” series of books includes numerous titles such as those on anatomy, architecture, astronomy, the Bible, brain, economics, maths, mythology, philosophies, politics, psychology, religion, and theories.Together with eight contributors, each a leading authority with a proven track record for successfully explaining science to a general audience, Eric Scerri, Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles; founder and editor of this journal; and the undisputed world authority on the history and philosophy (...)
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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  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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