, Volume 47, Issue 2, pp 229–243

Has the Periodic Table Been Successfully Axiomatized?

  • Eric R. Scerri

DOI: 10.1023/A:1005318720779

Cite this article as:
Scerri, E.R. Erkenntnis (1997) 47: 229. doi:10.1023/A:1005318720779


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.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric R. Scerri
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Humanities & Social SciencesPasadena