Single Idea 17422

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / E. Chemistry / 3. Periodic Table]

Full Idea

An optimal classification can be obtained by identifying the deepest and most general principles that govern the atoms of the elements.

Gist of Idea

The best classification needs the deepest and most general principles of the atoms

Source

Eric R. Scerri (The Periodic Table [2007], 10 'Continuum')

Book Reference

Scerri,Eric R.: 'The Periodic Table' [OUP 2007], p.285


A Reaction

He adds (p.286) that the best system will add the 'greatest degree of regularity' to these best principles.