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  • 1 Mental Health Research Institute The University of Michigan 48109 Ann Arbor MI (USA) 48109 Ann Arbor MI (USA)
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The metaphor of maps as cognitive tools aiding scientific discovery may be particularly appropriate for discussing the role of the periodic table of the elements in the progress of chemistry. In a tribute to the contributions ofDerek Price, the use of maps, their advantages and disadvantages, and changes in the table are explored. The authors conclude that the table did serve as a general guide to discovery but that more insightful models of a different sort also played an important role.