SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

 número24Los Libros del Maíz. Revolución Verde y diversidad biológica en América Latina, 1951-19701985: los primeros trazos del proyecto de Jorge Carpizo en la UNAM índice de autoresíndice de materiabúsqueda de artículos
Home Pagelista alfabética de revistas  

Servicios Personalizados




Links relacionados

  • No hay artículos similaresSimilares en SciELO


Letras históricas

versión On-line ISSN 2448-8372versión impresa ISSN 2007-1140


URIBE SALAS, José Alfredo. Intent and destiny in the history of science. Let. hist. [online]. 2021, n.24, pp.183-202.  Epub 21-Feb-2022. ISSN 2448-8372.

This article analyzes intentionality and destiny in science through a historical perspective. In this complex relationship, human interaction, the intentionality of the action, the chain of events, the processes of epistemic assembly, and destiny are privileged. To this end, the case of “erythronium” is addressed, a chemical substance discovered in 1801 by the mineralogist Andrés Manuel del Río Fernández (1764-1849), whose verification and validation process by the international community would take thirty years to recognize it with the name of vanadium and to integrate it as element 23 to the Periodic Table. Andrés del Río attended the global debate that the Swedish chemist Nils Gabriel Sefström opened when he rediscovered again, in 1831, the metallic substance that he had baptized with the name of eritronio.

Palabras llave : Science; intentionality; destiny; Andrés del Río; erythronium/vanadium.

        · resumen en Español     · texto en Español