Whereof Man Cannot Speak: Some Scientific Vocabulary of Michael Faraday and Klixbüll Jørgensen

  • Peter DayEmail author
Part of the Structure and Bonding book series (STRUCTURE, volume 106)


Inventing new words and phrases is an indispensable means of capturing new concepts that arise as science advances. Some comparisons are made between the approaches of the nineteenth century natural philosopher Michael Faraday and the twentieth century spectroscopist Christian Klixbüll Jørgensen in their approach to naming new phenomena.

Nephelauxetic effect  Oxidation state Taxological quantum chemistry Faraday Jørgensen 


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Davy Faraday Research LaboratoryThe Royal Institution of Great BritainLondon

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