Prediction and the periodic table: A response to Scerri and Worrall [Book Review]

In a lengthy article E. Scerri and J. Worrall (2001) put forward the case for a novel ‘accommodationist’ version of the events surrounding the development of Mendeleef's Periodic Table 1869–1899. However these authors lay undue stress on the fact that President of the Royal Society of London Spottiswoode made absolutely no mention of Mendeleef's famous predictions in the Davy Medal eulogy in 1883 and undue stress on the fact that Cleve's classic 1879 Scandium paper contained an acknowledgement of Mendeleef's prior prediction of eka-boron.They also fail to analyse in any detail the so-called ‘rare earth problem’ which, in the opinion of this author, causes problems for their account but not for a predictivist account
Keywords predictions  retrodictions  Bayesianism  periodic table  rare earths
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Eric Christian Barnes (2014). The Roots of Predictivism. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 45 (1):46-53.
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