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This volume contains a collection of the main papers of one of the founders of the field, Eric Scerri.
Scerri who teaches in the Chemistry Department at UCLA is also the founder and editor-in-cheif of the leading journal in the field, Foundations of Chemistry.
The author has recently gained world-wide acclaim with his book, The Periodic Table, Its Story and Its Significance. The current volume provides an indepth examination of his more philosophical and historical work in this area and further afield.
Chemistry and philosophy would seem to be as different as chalk and cheese, as imiscible as oil and water. And yet the author who has been working in this field for two decades makes a convincing case for why we should take note of the philosophy of chemistry. Through a newly written introduction and a set of articles that have appeared in many different journals and magazines Eric Scerri discusses such topics as the reduction of chemistry to physics, realism and anti-realism and several other questions. The book will appeal to scientists because unlike much of what passes for philosophy of science these days, the author appears to be very-well informed scientifically. He is in fact a lecturer in chemistry at UCLA where he specializes in teaching general chemistry which he claims is inherently philosophical because of its broad scope.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.