"Selected Papers demonstrates how an author's perceptions of a single topic have materialized historically … The Selected Papers confirms that this is still an active research area and is a worthy addition to a library of materials on the periodic table. The publication adds significantly to the historical and philosophical dimensions of the topic."
--Kevin C de Berg, Avondale College, Australia"It bundles some of his most brilliant papers into one volume, and it provides the reader with a thorough overview of Scerri's cutting edge research on the periodic table. Scerri has tackled all of these periodic table related problems by approaching them both scientifically, historically and philosophically. Every chemist, philosopher and educator with an interest in the periodic table of chemical elements should definitely add a copy of this volume to his personal library!"
--Foundations of Chemistry
"The volumes will certainly serve as a source for future history of the philosophy of chemistry, and, in particular, the history and philosophy of quantum chemistry." --Metascience
From the Inside Flap
The book contains key articles by Eric Scerri, the leading authority on the history and philosophy of the periodic table of the elements. These articles explore a range of topics such as the historical evolution of the periodic system as well as its philosophical status and its relationship to modern quantum physics. In this present volume, many of the more in-depth research papers, which formed the basis for this publication, are presented in their entirety; they have also been published in highly accessible science magazines (such as American Scientist), and journals in history and philosophy of science, as well as quantum chemistry. This must-have publication is completely unique as there is nothing of this form currently available on the market.