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Water: The Long Road from Aristotelian Element to H2O (2012)


In today's science-based civilization, people tend to accept without question the most basic things that science tells us. This is the case even for people who do not know much science or like it very much. For example, anyone with even the slightest acquaintance with modern science knows and accepts that water is H2O. Yet it was a very difficult thing for scientists to learn. That is the subject of my recently published book, Is Water H2O? Evidence, Realism and Pluralism (Dordrecht: Springer, 2012). If we take a closer look at the basic items of scientific knowledge that we take so much for granted, almost always we find that they were achieved only with great difficulty, and only after some very challenging questions were resolved, or set aside without being resolved.

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Authors & Contributors
Camden, David Hayden
Marks, E. G.
Papadopoulos, Dimitris
Marks, J. A.
Bellacasa, Maria Puig de la
Togeas, James
Social Research
科学史研究 Kagakusi Kenkyu (History of Science)
Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes
Historia Scientiarum: International Journal of the History of Science Society of Japan
Foundations of Chemistry
University of Chicago Press
University of California, Los Angeles
State University of New York Press
Duke University Press
Four elements (philosophy)
Chemical elements
Theory of the elements
Mendeleev, Dmitri Ivanovich
Du Chesne, Joseph
Watt, James
Venel, Gabriel François
Rouelle, Guillaume-François
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
16th century
18th century

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