Article ID: CBB001320765

František Wald's Empiricism (2013)


Abstract: In this paper I present an ordered selection of citations from František Wald's publications and correspondence to give some idea of how he fitted in his times, how his views were received by contemporaries, and to illustrate his epistemological views. I highlight the originality of Wald's aim to develop a theory of chemistry on the basis of the concept of `phase', instead of the concepts of compound and element. In chemistry (including the material sciences) there has been a vast increase in substances that are phases (and not pure compounds), which makes Wald's work still relevant. Keywords: František Wald, Wilhelm Ostwald, phase concept, pure substance, non-stoichiometric, physical chemistry.


Description Focuses on Wald's preference for the phase concept in chemistry over concepts of compound and element.

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Authors & Contributors
Gori, Pietro
Ziche, Paul
Kenichi Natsume
Zellini, Susanna
Marie Gueguen
ten Hagen, Sjang L.
Transversal: International Journal for the Historiography of Science
Physics in Perspective
Philosophy of Science
Perspectives on Science
Mitteilungen der Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, Fachgruppe Geschichte der Chemie
Edizioni ETS
Verlag für Wissenschaft und Bildung
Leipziger Universitäts-Verlag
Philosophy of science
History of philosophy of science
Mach, Ernst
Ostwald, Friedrich Wilhelm
Duhem, Pierre
Forel, August Henri
Dewey, John
Wittgenstein, Ludwig
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
United States
Great Britain

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