The discovery of the periodic table as a case of simultaneous discovery.

  • Eric R. Scerri
  • Published 2015 in
    Philosophical transactions. Series A…

Abstract

The article examines the question of priority and simultaneous discovery in the context of the discovery of the periodic system. It is argued that rather than being anomalous, simultaneous discovery is the rule. Moreover, I argue that the discovery of the periodic system by at least six authors in over a period of 7 years represents one of the best examples of a multiple discovery. This notion is supported by a new view of the evolutionary development of science through a mechanism that is dubbed Sci-Gaia by analogy with Lovelock's Gaia hypothesis.

DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2014.0172

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@article{Scerri2015TheDO, title={The discovery of the periodic table as a case of simultaneous discovery.}, author={Eric R. Scerri}, journal={Philosophical transactions. Series A, Mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences}, year={2015}, volume={373 2037} }