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    DescriptionHere, Eric Scerri looks at the trends in properties of elements that led to the construction of the periodic table, and how the deeper meaning of its structure gradually became apparent with the development of atomic theory and quantum mechanics, so that, as Scerri puts it, one science, physics, arguably came to colonize another, chemistry, although such a view is resisted by chemists. Scerri shows that quantum mechanics is absolutely central to chemistry, as it underlies the behaviour of all of the elements and their compounds, and therefore underpins the structure of the periodic table. Concluding with an overview of the huge variety of periodic tables that have been proposed in the print media and on the Internet, he explores the debated question of whether there is an optimal periodic table and what form it might take. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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    The Periodic Table: A Very Short Introduction
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Eric R. Scerri
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 168
    Width: 110 mm
    Height: 170 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 141 g
    ISBN 13: 9780199582495
    ISBN 10: 0199582491

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    DC22: 546/.8
    B&T Approval Code: A54400300
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    LC classification: QD467 .S344 2011
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    15 black and white line drawings
    Oxford University Press
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    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    13 January 2012
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    Author Information
    Dr Eric Scerri is a lecturere in chemistry as well as hisotry and philosophy of science at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of three books, The Periodic Table: Its story and its significance, (OUP, 2007), Collected Papers on the Philosophy of Chemistry (Imperial College Press, 2008), and Selected Papers on the Periodic Table (Imperial College Press, 2009). He has authored over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and many articles in popular science magazines including Scientific American, American Scientist, Cosmos, and Chemical Heritage, among others. He is the editor of the Springer journal Foundations of Chemistry.
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    Scerri's writing is lively, engaging, and accessible. Journal of Chemical Education Overall this stylish and snappy book will entertain and enlighten you, and its convenient size means it can do so when you're on the go Chemistry World
    Table of contents
    1. Introduction ; 2. Atomic weight, Triads and Prout ; 3. Steps towards the periodic table ; 4. Triumph of a Russian genius ; 5. The impact of the new physics ; 6. How the electron explains the periodic table ; 7. How chemists reacted ; 8. Quantum Mechanics makes further advances ; 9. Forged in the stars ; 10. Back to Chemistry ; 11. Why so many tables? Which is best? ; Further reading