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In between worlds: G.N. Lewis, the shared pair bond and its multifarious contexts

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In between worlds: G.N. Lewis, the shared pair bond and its multifarious contexts
: In this paper, I will look at the rather convoluted discovery process which gave birth to the concept of the shared electron pair bond as developed by G.N. Lewis, to be subsequently appropriated by the American founders of quantum chemistry, and highlight the complex relations between conceptual development and the different contexts in which ideas are created and presented. I will show how the successive installments of Lewis’s model of the chemical bond were supported by and gained credence from an epistemological background in which Lewis explored the relations of chemistry to physics. Furthermore, they were shaped by the changing public contexts in which the successive metamorphoses of the ideas took place and their epistemological background was outlined and explored. The complexities which are always associated with a discovery process can therefore be illuminated if one pays attention to different interactive realms—the conceptual, epistemological, and the presentational o...
Ana Simões
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Type Journal
Year 2007
Where JCC
Authors Ana Simões
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