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n.1.(Chem.) Chemistry considered with reference to the space relations of atoms.
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From Lavoisier and Loysel and their work on discovering the properties of glass, through the growth in the ideas of representation of materials; via discoveries of uranium and aromatic structures and the early days of stereo-chemistry to the later developments: the issues of the representation of the experimental atom, and the questions of the reality of transition states, the ever-shifting terrain of what was considered the proper investigative substance of chemistry and exactly how these objects were to be described and the roles they played in further investigations is covered by an international group of historians and philosophers of science, many with strong background specifically in chemistry.
Laurent's Nucleus Theory may be looked upon as the beginning of modern stereo-chemistry since it put forth the idea of three-dimensional structure.