Foundations of Chemistry

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 165–167 | Cite as

Nineteenth-century chemical theory: correction of a misunderstanding



I reply in this short note to some criticisms that Alan Rocke has recently made in this journal.


Atomism Dalton Fixed proportions Necessary condition 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of StockholmStockholmSweden

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