The Periodic Table: A Very Short Introduction

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In this authoritative Very Short Introduction to the periodic table, Eric Scerri presents a modern and fresh exploration of this fundamental topic in the physical sciences, considering the deeper implications of the arrangements of the table to atomic physics and quantum mechanics. Scerri looks at the trends in properties of elements that led to the construction of the periodic table, and how the deeper meaning of its structure gradually became apparent with the development of atomic theory and quantum mechanics, so that physics arguably came to colonize an entirely different science, chemistry.

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In writing this book I took the opportunity to update and correct many points from my earlier more in-depth book on the periodic table.  That book has been reviewed in about 60 journals in chemistry, history of science, philosophy of science and science education.  It is a privilege to be invited to write for the Oxford VSI or "Very Short Introduction" Series and I thoroughly enjoyed the process.  I could not have asked for better support from the people at Oxford University Press.

One whole area that was not mentioned very much in the first book was the synthesis of elements beyond element 92.  There is an entire chapter devoted to this topic in my VSI on the periodic table.  There is also an extended discussion of alternative forms of the periodic table, from a scientific and philosophical point of view.

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Eric Scerri

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Eric Scerri is a lecturer in chemistry as well as history and philosophy of science at the University of California, Los Angeles.  He has authored several books and over 100 scholarly articles in history and philosophy of science, especially in the area of chemistry.   He is also the founder and editor-in-chief of the Springer journal "Foundations of Chemistry". 
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