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From transuranic to superheavy elements : a story of dispute and creation

Author: Helge Kragh
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Springer, 2018.
Series: SpringerBriefs in history of science and technology.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The story of superheavy elements - those at the very end of the periodic table - is not well known outside the community of heavy-ion physicists and nuclear chemists. But it is a most interesting story which deserves to be known also to historians, philosophers, and sociologists of science and indeed to the general public. This is what the present work aims at. It tells the story or rather parts of the story, of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: (OCoLC)1020028205
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Helge Kragh
ISBN: 9783319758138 3319758136
OCLC Number: 1023426787
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Intro; Preface; Contents; 1 Beyond Uranium, Ca. 1890â#x80;#x93;1950; Abstract; 1.1 Introduction; 1.2 Early Speculations; 1.3 Atomic Calculations; 1.4 From Fermi to Seaborg; References; 2 Transuranic Alchemy; Abstract; 2.1 Four More Elements; 2.2 An Island of Stability?; 2.3 Superheavy Elements in Nature?; 2.4 Motivations; References; 3 On Element Discoveries; Abstract; 3.1 General Considerations; 3.2 Nobelium, A Controversial Element; References; 4 Failed Discovery Claims; Abstract; 4.1 Marinovâ#x80;#x99;s Superheavy Elements; 4.2 The Ninov Affair; References; 5 The Transfermium Wars; Abstract 5.1 A Brief Tour from ZÂ =Â 104 to ZÂ =Â 1095.2 Criteria for Discovery; 5.3 The Case of Seaborgium; References; 6 Super-Superheavy Elements; Abstract; 6.1 The Heaviest Elements So Far; 6.2 Names; 6.3 The Lighter Side of the Heaviest Elements; References; 7 Some Philosophical Issues; Abstract; 7.1 Between Physics and Chemistry; 7.2 The Discovery of an Element; 7.3 Does Oganesson Exist?; References; Name Index; Subject Index
Series Title: SpringerBriefs in history of science and technology.
Responsibility: Helge Kragh.

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The story of superheavy elements - those at the very end of the periodic table - is not well known outside the community of heavy-ion physicists and nuclear chemists. It tells the story or rather  Read more...

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