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Values in the Development of Early Periodic Tables
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, Philosophy.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4976-8216
2020 (English)In: Ambix, ISSN 0002-6980, E-ISSN 1745-8234, Vol. 67, no 2, p. 174-198Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Julius Lothar Meyer, John Newlands, and Dmitrii Mendeleev were amongst the discoverers of the periodic system of the elements. Although their systems are similar enough to be recognised as the precursors for the modern periodic system, they were also different. Here, I argue that many of their differences can be explained in terms of how the chemists emphasised different values in the process of developing their systems. In particular, Newland highlighted the simplicity of his arrangements; Meyer was more careful about the quality of data that gave rise to his system of elements; and Mendeleev sought to make his system more complete. By shedding light as to how the values of simplicity, completeness and carefulness guided the development of early periodic systems, this paper contributes to a broader understanding of how values influence science.

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TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD , 2020. Vol. 67, no 2, p. 174-198
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-273527DOI: 10.1080/00026980.2020.1747325ISI: 000529823900004PubMedID: 32292124Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85083581328OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-273527DiVA, id: diva2:1431091
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