IAS Fellow's Public Lecture
Why We Seek Structure at the Atomic Level
The concept of atomic structure and structure-property correlations are central to chemistry. However, the arduous and contorted historical paths from ancient atomism to our current paradigm of structure at the atomic level reveals philosophical and scientific projects where atomism was used with little or no experimental basis. Current structural language at the atomic scale was created by scientific revolutions as new paradigms emerged often driven by the development of new experimental techniques and periods during which paradigms were created and conserved with weak or no experimental evidence. Professor Thomas Vogt will discuss examples from the history of chemistry of both explanatory modes and argue for a scientific pragmatism and pluralism.
This lecture is free and open to all.