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Issue 11, 2016
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An element of atomic number zero?

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Abstract

In this article I address the problem of the status of the element of atomic number zero or “neutronium”, a suggestion proposed by Andreas von Antropoff in 1925 seven years before James Chadwick's announcement of the existence of the neutron, by analyzing Philip Stewart's arguments to defend such a proposal. On this basis, I will conclude that it is more cautious from both a scientific and a philosophical standpoint, to think of the neutron just as a structural component of an element.

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The article was received on 04 Jul 2016, accepted on 04 Aug 2016 and first published on 04 Aug 2016


Article type: Focus
DOI: 10.1039/C6NJ02076C
Citation: New J. Chem., 2016,40, 9002-9006
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    An element of atomic number zero?

    M. Labarca, New J. Chem., 2016, 40, 9002
    DOI: 10.1039/C6NJ02076C

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