Explaining the periodic table, and the role of chemical triads

@article{Scerri2010ExplainingTP,
  title={Explaining the periodic table, and the role of chemical triads},
  author={Eric R. Scerri},
  journal={Foundations of Chemistry},
  year={2010},
  volume={12},
  pages={69-83}
}
Some recent work in mathematical chemistry is discussed. It is claimed that quantum mechanics does not provide a conclusive means of classifying certain elements like hydrogen and helium into their appropriate groups. An alternative approach using atomic number triads is proposed and the validity of this approach is defended in the light of some predictions made via an information theoretic approach that suggests a connection between nuclear structure and electronic structure of atoms. 

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