Article ID: CBB000059108

Jean Perrin and molecular reality (1994)


Description “Jean Perrin's argument for the existence of molecules from his 1908 experimental determination of Avogadro's number raises two questions considered in this article. One is historical: Why as late as 1908 should Perrin have thought it necessary to argue that molecules exist? The other, which takes up the bulk of this article, is philosophical: In view of the fact that his argument appears to assume the existence of molecules as a premise, how, if at all, can a charge of circularity be avoided?” From the abstract.

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Authors & Contributors
Kerker, Milton
Fenby, David V.
Nye, Mary Jo
Assmus, Alexi J.
Ball, Philip
Murrell, John N.
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Bulletin for the History of Chemistry
Foundations of Chemistry
Historical Records of Australian Science
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Chemistry in Britain
Oxford University Press
Atomic structure
Philosophy of science
Perrin, Jean Baptiste
Einstein, Albert
Svedberg, Theodor
Sutherland, Earl W.
Buckingham, A. David
Herschbach, Dudley R.
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
21st century
20th century, early
18th century
20th century, late
North America: United States; Canada
University of Bristol
Cambridge University
California Institute of Technology
University of Sydney

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