A Well-Ordered Thing : Dmitrii Mendeleev and the Shadow of the Periodic Table, Revised Edition.

By: Gordin, Michael DMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandPublisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2018Copyright date: ©2019Description: 1 online resource (386 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780691184425Subject(s): Mendeleyev, Dmitry Ivanovich,-1834-1907 | Chemists-Russia (Federation)-BiographyGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: A Well-Ordered Thing : Dmitrii Mendeleev and the Shadow of the Periodic Table, Revised EditionDDC classification: 540.9 LOC classification: QD22.M43 .G673 2019Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- CONTENTS -- List of Figures -- Preface to the Revised Edition -- Preface -- Note to the Reader -- 1. Introduction: Autocracy and Mr. Mendeleev -- Liberalism in the Name of Autocracy -- Making Sense of the Man -- 2. Elements of the System: Building Periodicity and a Scientific Petersburg -- The Education of Dmitrii Mendeleev -- Principles of Chemistry and the Periodic System -- System into Law: Making Periodicity Natural -- Clairvoyance: The Eka-Elements -- The Vindication of Prophecy: The Eka-Discoveries -- Conclusion: Gathering the Elements of the System -- 3. The Ideal Gas Lawyer: Expanding Science on the Banks of the Neva -- True Bedrock: The Cultural Significance of Ether -- Confined Spaces: The Prosecution of the Gas Project -- Clearing the Atmosphere: Strategies of Publication -- The Weather Overground: Mendeleev's Meteorology -- Plagued by Theory: Abandoning Gases -- 4. Chasing Ghosts: Spiritualism and the Struggle for Public Knowledge -- Made in America, Remade in Russia: The Transfer of Spiritualism -- Spiritualism in 1875: Tenuous Cooperation -- Spiritualism in 1876: A Meltdown of Method -- Public Spirited: Spinning the Commission -- At Wit's End: Spiritualism after the Commission -- 5. The Great Reaction: Everyone against the Academy of Sciences -- Social Climbing: The Academy and the Physico-Chemical Society -- The Ballot Booth: Voting on Mendeleev -- Tempest in the Teapot: Russian Chemists -- Outside the Teapot: The Great Newspaper War -- Back Rooms: Why Was Mendeleev Rejected? -- To Thine Own Self: The Making of a New Mendeleev -- 6. The Imperial Turn: Economics, Evolution, and Empire -- The Two Petersburgs: Mendeleev's Early Economics -- Real Economics: Mendeleev and the Russian Economy -- Theoretical Economics: The Evolution of Societies -- Theoretical Politics: Governments and Populations.
Measure of All the Russias: Mendeleev and the Metric Reform -- Conclusion: Virtuous Circles -- 7. Making Newtons: Romantic Journeys toward Genius -- Out of Siberia: Romantic Biography -- Russian Newton: Mendeleev the Lawgiver -- Northward Bound: The Arctic Project -- Full of Hot Air: Mendeleev, Aeronaut -- The Limits of Romance: Mendeleev Leaves Petersburg University -- 8. Disintegration: Fighting Revolutions with Faith -- Chemistry under Attack: Disintegration in Fin-de-Siècle Physical Sciences -- Pondering the Imponderable: The Chemical Ether -- Tripartite Metaphysics: Mendeleev in the Abstract -- Things Fall Apart: The Revolution of 1905 -- 9. Conclusion: The Many Mendeleevs -- Acknowledgments to the Revised Edition -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
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Cover -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- CONTENTS -- List of Figures -- Preface to the Revised Edition -- Preface -- Note to the Reader -- 1. Introduction: Autocracy and Mr. Mendeleev -- Liberalism in the Name of Autocracy -- Making Sense of the Man -- 2. Elements of the System: Building Periodicity and a Scientific Petersburg -- The Education of Dmitrii Mendeleev -- Principles of Chemistry and the Periodic System -- System into Law: Making Periodicity Natural -- Clairvoyance: The Eka-Elements -- The Vindication of Prophecy: The Eka-Discoveries -- Conclusion: Gathering the Elements of the System -- 3. The Ideal Gas Lawyer: Expanding Science on the Banks of the Neva -- True Bedrock: The Cultural Significance of Ether -- Confined Spaces: The Prosecution of the Gas Project -- Clearing the Atmosphere: Strategies of Publication -- The Weather Overground: Mendeleev's Meteorology -- Plagued by Theory: Abandoning Gases -- 4. Chasing Ghosts: Spiritualism and the Struggle for Public Knowledge -- Made in America, Remade in Russia: The Transfer of Spiritualism -- Spiritualism in 1875: Tenuous Cooperation -- Spiritualism in 1876: A Meltdown of Method -- Public Spirited: Spinning the Commission -- At Wit's End: Spiritualism after the Commission -- 5. The Great Reaction: Everyone against the Academy of Sciences -- Social Climbing: The Academy and the Physico-Chemical Society -- The Ballot Booth: Voting on Mendeleev -- Tempest in the Teapot: Russian Chemists -- Outside the Teapot: The Great Newspaper War -- Back Rooms: Why Was Mendeleev Rejected? -- To Thine Own Self: The Making of a New Mendeleev -- 6. The Imperial Turn: Economics, Evolution, and Empire -- The Two Petersburgs: Mendeleev's Early Economics -- Real Economics: Mendeleev and the Russian Economy -- Theoretical Economics: The Evolution of Societies -- Theoretical Politics: Governments and Populations.

Measure of All the Russias: Mendeleev and the Metric Reform -- Conclusion: Virtuous Circles -- 7. Making Newtons: Romantic Journeys toward Genius -- Out of Siberia: Romantic Biography -- Russian Newton: Mendeleev the Lawgiver -- Northward Bound: The Arctic Project -- Full of Hot Air: Mendeleev, Aeronaut -- The Limits of Romance: Mendeleev Leaves Petersburg University -- 8. Disintegration: Fighting Revolutions with Faith -- Chemistry under Attack: Disintegration in Fin-de-Siècle Physical Sciences -- Pondering the Imponderable: The Chemical Ether -- Tripartite Metaphysics: Mendeleev in the Abstract -- Things Fall Apart: The Revolution of 1905 -- 9. Conclusion: The Many Mendeleevs -- Acknowledgments to the Revised Edition -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.

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Michael D. Gordin is Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at Princeton University, where he also serves as the Director of the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts. His books include Scientific Babel and Five Days in August (Princeton).

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