Early Responses to the Periodic System

Early Responses Periodic System
Masanori Kaji, Helge Kragh & Gábor Palló
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN No: 978-0-19-020007-7
Release at: 2015
Pages: 344
First Edition
File Size: 11 MB
File Type: pdf
Language: English

Description of Early Responses to the Periodic System

Although a great number of historians have studied Mendeleev’s discovery of the periodic system of chemical elements, few have looked at how the scientific community has perceived and employed this system in various areas of the world. Early Responses to the Periodic System book fills this gap. In addition, for the evaluation of the periodic system, this Early Responses to the Periodic System book looks not only at scientific communities but also in the educational sector and local popular culture. The idea of a comparative project on the early reception of the periodic system occurred to one of the editors (Masanori Kaji) during the 6th Science and Technology in the European Periphery (STEP) meeting in Istanbul on June 2008.

Content of Early Responses to the Periodic System

1. Introduction 1

PART I: Discovery and Early Work on the Periodic System

2. The Early Response to Mendeleev’s Periodic System in Russia 13
Masanori Kaji and Nathan Brooks

3. The Periodic System and Its Influence on Research and Education in Germany
between 1870 and 1910 47 
Gisela Boeck

PART II: Early Response at the Center of Chemical Research

4. British Reception of Periodicity 75
Gordon Woods

5. Mendeleev’s Periodic Classification and Law in French Chemistry
Textbooks 103
Bernadette Bensaude Vincent and Antonio García Belmar

PART III: Response in the Central European Periphery

6. Nationalism and the Process of Reception and Appropriation of the Periodic
System in Europe and the Czech Lands 121
Soňa Štrbáňová

PART IV: Response in the Northern European Periphery
(Scandinavian Countries)

7. When a Daring Chemistry Meets a Boring Chemistry: The Reception of
Mendeleev’s Periodic System in Sweden 153
Anders Lundgren

8. Reception and Early Use of the Periodic System: The Case of Denmark 171
Helge Kragh

9. Ignored, Disregarded, Discarded? On the Introduction of the Periodic System
in Norwegian Periodicals and Textbooks, c. 1870–1930s 191
Annette Lykknes

PART V: Response in the Southern European Periphery

10. Chemical Classifications, Textbooks, and the Periodic System in
Nineteenth-Century Spain 213
José Ramón Bertomeu-Sánchez and Rosa Muñoz-Bello

11. Echoes from the Reception of Periodic Classification in Portugal 240
Isabel Malaquias

12. Popular Science, Textbooks, and Scientists: The Periodic Law in Italy 262
Marco Ciardi and Marco Taddia

PART VI: Response Beyond Europe

13. Chemical Classification and the Response to the Periodic Law of Elements in
Japan in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries 283
Masanori Kaji

Index 305

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