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The scientist's atom and the philosopher's stone : how science succeeded and philosophy failed to gain knowledge of atoms

Author: Alan Chalmers
Publisher: [Dordrecht] : Springer, 2009.
Series: Boston studies in the philosophy of science, v. 279.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Drawing on the results of his own scholarly research as well as that of others the author offers, for the first time, a comprehensive and documented history of theories of the atom from Democritus to the twentieth century. This is not history for its own sake. By critically reflecting on the various versions of atomic theories of the past the author is able to grapple with the question of what sets scientific  Read more...
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Chalmers, Alan.
Scientist's atom and the philosopher's stone.
[Dordrecht] : Springer, 2009
(OCoLC)422688626
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Chalmers
ISBN: 9789048123629 9048123623
OCLC Number: 432702848
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 287 pages).
Contents: Atomism : science or philosophy? --
Democritean atomism --
How does Epicurus' garden grow? --
Atomism in its ancient Greek perspective --
From the ancient Greeks to the dawn of science --
Atomism, experiment and the mechanical philosophy : the work of Robert Boyle --
Newton's atomism and its fate --
The emergence of modern chemistry with no debt to atomism --
Dalton's atomism and its creative modification via chemical formulae --
From Avagadro to Cannizarro : the old story --
Thermodynamics and the kinetic theory --
Experimental contact with molecules --
Experimental contact with electrons --
Atomism vindicated?
Series Title: Boston studies in the philosophy of science, v. 279.
Responsibility: Alan Chalmers.

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