Who is a theorist?
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SourceRevista Eureka sobre Enseñanza y Divulgación de las Ciencias - 2011, 8(3) pp. 231-239
This article carefully analyzes a recent paper by Weisberg in which it is claimed that when Mendeleev discovered the periodic table he was not working as a modeler but instead as a theorist. I argue that Weisberg is mistaken in several respects and that the periodic table should be regarded as a classification, not as a theory. In the second part of the article an attempt is made to elevate the status of classifications by suggesting that they provide a form of ‘side-ways explanation’
Subjectslaw; Medeleev; periodic table; theory; scientific explanation; scientific models
- REurEdC nº 3 (2011)