The First Subatomic Explanations of the Periodic System

  title={The First Subatomic Explanations of the Periodic System},
  author={H. Kragh},
  journal={Foundations of Chemistry},
  • H. Kragh
  • Published 2001
  • Physics
  • Foundations of Chemistry
  • Attempts to explain the periodic system as a manifestation of regularities in the structure of the atoms of the elements are as old as the system itself. The paper analyses some of the most important of these attempts, in particular such works that are historically connected with the recognition of the electron as a fundamental building block of all matter. The history of the periodic system, the discovery of the electron, and ideas of early atomic structure are closely interwoven and transcend… CONTINUE READING
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