A Measurement-Theoretical View on the Evolution of the Periodic System of Chemical Elements

Thursday, October 3, 2019

HUM 301 15:00 - 17:00

Dr. Ave Mets (University of Tartu, Estonia) "A Measurement-Theoretical View on the Evolution of the Periodic System of Chemical Elements"

Abstract

“Measurement is the procedure of assigning numbers to the material world, hence it is the foundation of the exact-scientific aspect of chemistry, just as of any other exact-scientific discipline. Those numerical assignments became the foundation for building the periodic system of chemical elements. However, this process was not straightforward: assigning numbers was complicated methodologically and metaphysically, leading to different possible systems of the elements on its way. I will analyse some of those purported systems in measurement-theoretical terms: the empirical relational systems, or what exactly are the (purported) objects, and relations thereof, that the assigned numbers and arithmetics pertain to; and the numerical relational system, or what numbers and arithmetic is assigned, and what are its implications for the theoretical and metaphysical interpretations of the studied subject.”

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