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Single Idea 17408

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

Full Idea

Some chemists even suggested that the periodic table would have to be abandoned in favor of a classification system that included a separate place for every single isotope.

Gist of Idea

Some suggested basing the new periodic table on isotopes, not elements


Eric R. Scerri (The Periodic Table [2007], 06 'Intro')

Book Reference

Scerri,Eric R.: 'The Periodic Table' [OUP 2007], p.160

A Reaction

The extreme case is tin, which has 21 isotopes, so is tin a fundamental, or is each of the isotopes a fundamental? Does there have to be a right answer to that? All tin isotopes basically react in the same way, so we stick with the elements table.