Show Summary Details

p. 414. Steps towards the periodic tablelocked

  • Eric R. Scerri

Abstract

‘Steps towards the periodic table’ outlines the different versions of the periodic table that were devised in the 1860s following the Karlsruhe conference in Germany, which introduced standardized atomic weights. De Chancourtois actually discovered periodicity, but his ideas did not gain traction for many years. Newlands devised the law of octaves, but the musical analogy garnered ridicule from academics. Odling made important discoveries in periodicity, but lacked enthusiasm for the idea. Hinrichs used his wide range of interests to postulate that the ratios of atomic size could explain each element’s unique spectral fingerprint. Meyer made huge strides in discovering periodicity, but, due to a misplaced table, did not get the recognition he deserved.

Access to the complete content on Very Short Introductions online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.