Mendeleev’s predictions: success and failure

  title={Mendeleev’s predictions: success and failure},
  author={P. Stewart},
  journal={Foundations of Chemistry},
  • P. Stewart
  • Published 2019
  • Psychology
  • Foundations of Chemistry
Dmitri Mendeleev’s detailed prediction in 1871 of the properties of three as yet unknown elements earned him enormous prestige. Eleven other predictions, thrown off without elaboration, were less uniformly successful, thanks mainly his unbending adherence to the structure of his table and his failure to account for the lanthanides. At the end of his life he returned to his table without making the required changes, and added a theoretical discussion of elements lighter than hydrogen. The… Expand
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