The Atom and the Molecule

  title={The Atom and the Molecule},
  author={Gilbert N. Lewis},
  • G. Lewis
  • Published 1 April 1916
  • Physics
  • Resonance
G N Lewis had thought of electrons in an atom as being arranged in the corners of a cube so that they were away from each other, minimising the Coulombic repulsion between them. He figured out from the nature of the noble gases that the atoms of elements having eight electrons (in the valence shell) would be the most stable. He called the filled shells as ‘kernels’ that would give remarkable stability to the atom. A shell with less than eight electrons would make the atom reactive. He did… 
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Original Citation: Gilbert N Lewis, The Atom and the Molecule
  • J. Am. Chem. Soc
  • 1916