Dr. Eric Scerri is a chemist, author and leading historian and philosopher of science, specializing in the periodic table of the chemical elements. He is the author of The Periodic Table, Its Story and Its Significance, (Oxford University Press, 2007) and numerous other books on this and related topics. His writing includes a number of books directed at the general public such as A Very Short Introduction to the Periodic Table, and 30-Second Elements. He is a frequent contributor to popular science magazines such as Scientific American and New Scientist.

Dr. Scerri has been a full-time lecturer in chemistry and history and philosophy of science at UCLA for the past sixteen years where he regularly teaches classes of 350 undergraduates as well as classes in history and philosophy of science. His research ranges across many areas including chemical education, and historical and philosophical questions such as the relationship between chemistry and quantum physics.

He has been a consultant for TV and radio programs and appears in TV interviews. He was featured extensively in the recent PBS television series titled “The Mystery of Matter”. Dr. Scerri has given lectures to general audiences on all six continents. His topics include presentations on how science differs from other forms of knowledge and how it affects everybody’s life.
























1. The War on science from both sides of the political divide and even elsewhere.

2. The Periodic Table of the Chemical Elements

3. An Introduction to the Most Important Current Scientific Theory – Quantum Mechanics

4. What is this thing called science?

5. What is chemistry and why is it important?


April 3rd   Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri - Plenary Lecture to Science and Mathematics Distinguished Speaker Series

April 4th   American Chemical Society Meeting, San Francisco - Chairing meeting of IUPAC Working Group on group 3 of the periodic table

June 29th   University of Paris, Diderot - Seminar Series on History and Philosophy of Chemistry, Classification périodique des d’histoire et de philosophie des sciences

July 3rd–5th   SPHERE Center, University of Paris Diderot - International Society for the Philosophy of Chemistry 21st Annual Meeting

July 6th   University of Turin, Italy - Start of one-month fellowship

July 12th-15th   Turin, Italy - Lecture to Segrè Summer School of Chemical Education

July 20th   Royal Institute of Great Britain - The Periodic Table, Its Story and Its Significance

October 20th   University of Kansas, Lawrence - Plenary Lecture to Midwest Regional Meeting of American Chemical Society

November 11th   Charlotte, North Carolina - Plenary Lecture to Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society


1. Elementary My Dear Dimitri! University of Nevada, Reno, Discover Science Lecture Series, November 10th, 2016

2. A Tale of Seven Scientists, Philosophy of Science Association Biennial Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 3rd, 2016

3. A Tale of Seven Scientists and a New Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, September 8th, 2016.

4. A Tale of Seven Scientists and a New Philosophy of Science, University of Bristol, Department of Philosophy, September 5th, 2016.

5. A Tale of Seven Scientists and a New Philosophy of Science, University College, London. Plenary Speaker at Graduate Conference in Philosophy of Science, September 2nd, 2016.

6. A Tale of Seven Scientists, 20th Meeting of the International Society for the Philosophy of Chemistry, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, August 2-4th, 2016.

7. The Periodic Table, Its Story and Its Significance, New York Mineralogical Club, July 5th, 2016.

8. The Periodic Table, Its Story and Its Significance, ACS Local Section, Jacksonville, Florida, March 17th, 2016.

9. Let's Revel in the Periodic Table, ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 13th, 2016.

10. Nicholson's Atomic Theory, History of Science and Scientific Realism, Interdisciplinary Conference, IUPUI, Indianapolis, February 2016.

11. The Periodic Table, Its Story and Its Significance, Charterhouse School, September 11th, 2015, Godalming, Surrey, England.

12. Five ideas in Chemical Education that Must Die, International Society for the Philosophy of Chemistry, July 2015, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


1. Roger Alberto, University of Zurich

2. Donna Horvath, North Middlesex Regional High School

3. Elena Ghibaudi, University of Torino (Italy)

4. John A. Schuster, University of Sydney

5. Peter P. Edwards, University of Oxford

6. Farzad Mahootian, New York University

7. Jean-Pierre Llored, École Polytechnique - CREA

8. Olimpia Lombardi, University of Buenos Aires

9. Guillermo Restrepo, Universidad de Pamplona (Columbia)

10. John S. Torday, UCLA

11. Mary Virginia Orna, College of New Rochelle

 
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