HISTORY OF CHEMISTRY - Setting the (Periodic) Table

In the 1850s the new science of organic chemistry was a fertile field ready for growth. But Europe's chemists found themselves in a quandary. With no standard chemical language and several atomic theories competing for dominance, emerging scientific research became impossible to navigate, and progress stagnated. It took a young, almost unknown outsider to envision a way out. The full article can be downloaded below. It is an extract from the Magazine of the Chemical Heritage Foundation, an organization dedicated "to tell the story of chemistry".