, Volume 47, Issue 2, pp 229-243

Has the Periodic Table Been Successfully Axiomatized?

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Although the periodic system of elements is central to the study of chemistry and has been influential in the development of quantum theory and quantum mechanics, its study has been largely neglected in philosophy of science. The present article is a detailed criticism of one notable exception, an attempt by Hettema and Kuipers to axiomatize the periodic table and to discuss the reduction of chemistry in this context.

This revised version was published online in July 2006 with corrections to the Cover Date.