Foundations of Chemistry

, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 225–238

Circulation of Concepts

  • Pierre Laszlo

DOI: 10.1023/A:1009964503013

Cite this article as:
Laszlo, P. Foundations of Chemistry (1999) 1: 225. doi:10.1023/A:1009964503013


A major obstacle to chemistry being a deductive science is that its core concepts very often are defined in a circular manner: it is impossible to explain what an acid is without reference to the complementary concept of a base. There are many such dual pairs among the core concepts of chemistry. Such circulation of concepts, rather than an infirmity chemistry is beset with, is seen as a source of vitality and dynamism.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pierre Laszlo
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    • 2
  1. 1.Département de chimieÉcole polytechniquePalaiseauFrance E-mail
  2. 2.Université de LiègeLiègeBelgium