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Foundations of Chemistry

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 171–172 | Cite as

Eric R. Scerri: The periodic table: a very short introduction

Oxford University Press, Oxford, England; New York, NY, 2011, xx+ 147 pp., ISBN: 978-0-19-958249-5 (paperback) $11.95; £7.99
  • George B. Kauffman
Book Review

A quick question! Who’s the first name that comes to mind when the periodic table is mentioned? Dmitrii Ivanovich Mendeleev is the obvious and universal answer. And the second name? Most of you would probably agree with my answer: Eric R. Scerri, Lecturer in Chemistry and History and Philosophy of Science at the University of California, Los Angeles, and founding editor of this journal, devoted to the philosophy of chemistry, another of his specialties.

Through the years I have followed Scerri’s work on the periodic table, reading his numerous articles and reviewing his two previous books (Scerri 2007; Laing and Kauffman 2007; Scerri 2009; Kauffman 2011). In his latest book he comprehensively but succinctly examines this true cultural iconic symbol of science that is used by artists, advertisers, and of course, scientists in all fields. It is almost as familiar to the general public as the chemical formula for water, and an understanding and appreciation for it is essential to the...

References

  1. Kauffman, G.B.: Book review of Scerri, E.: Selected papers on the periodic table. Imperial College Press, London, England; Distributed by World Scientific Publishing Co., Singapore/Hackensack, NJ (2009). J. Chem. Educ. 88, 261–262 (2011)Google Scholar
  2. Laing, M.J., Kauffman, G.B.: Book review of Scerri, E.R.: The periodic table: its story and its significance. Oxford University Press, Oxford, New York, NY (2007). Chem. Educ. 12, 445–447 (2007) Google Scholar
  3. Scerri, E.R.: The periodic table: its story and its significance. Oxford University Press, Oxford, New York, NY (2007)Google Scholar
  4. Scerri, E.: Selected papers on the periodic table. Imperial College Press, London, England; Distributed by World Scientific Publishing Co., Singapore/Hackensack, NJ (2009)Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ChemistryCalifornia State University, FresnoFresnoUSA

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