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Author Fontani, Marco, 1969-

Title The lost elements : the periodic table's shadow side / Marco Fontani, Mariagrazia Costa, and Mary Virginia Orna
Published Oxford : Oxford University Press, [2014]
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Contents Before 1789: early errors and early elements -- 1789-1869: from Lavoisier to Mendeleev: the first errors at the dawn of the concept of the chemical element -- 1869-1913: from the periodic table to Moseley's law: rips and tears in Mendeleev's net -- 1914-1939: from nuclear classification to the first accelerators: chemists' paradise lost ... (and physicists' paradise regained) -- 1939-present: beyond uranium, to the stars -- Modern alchemy: the dream to transmute the elements has always been with us
Summary The Periodic Table of Elements hasn''t always looked like it does now, a well-organized chart arranged by atomic number. In the mid-nineteenth century, chemists were of the belief that the elements should be sorted by atomic weight. However, the weights of many elements were calculated incorrectly, and over time it became clear that not only did the elements need rearranging, but that the periodic table contained many gaps and omissions: there were elements yet to be discovered, and the allure of finding one had scientists rushing to fill in the blanks. Supposed ""discoveries"" flooded laborat
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
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Subject Chemical elements -- History.
Chemical elements.
Chemistry -- Humor.
Chemistry -- Nomenclature -- History.
Periodic law -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Costa, Mariagrazia.
Orna, Mary Virginia.
ISBN 0199383359 (electronic bk.)
9780199383351 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Periodic table's shadow side