In mononyms, Bergman (CR:188) is the surname of Swedish chemist Torbern Bergman (1735-1784); citation of his name tends to be in reference to his 1775 A Dissertation on Elective Attractions.

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Bergman's affinity table
Bergman's chemical signs explained
Bergman's reaction diagrams

The following are related quotes:

“The moral symbols of the natural sciences are the elective affinities discovered and employed by the great Bergman.”
Johann Goethe (1809), comment to Friedrich Riemer, Jul 24

Goethe’s usage of the term ‘elective affinity’, culled from Bergman’s 1775 De Attractionibus Electivis (German translation, 1785), referred to the tendency of certain chemical species to form pairs. When extended to the sphere of interpersonal relationships, as is done in Goethe’s novel, this has implications for the view on the human as such. If persons behave like chemical species, their behavior must to some extent be pre-determined, with no room for free will. Goethe’s thinking on these matters must be viewed in relation to Schelling’s philosophy of nature, in which the sphere of nature and the sphere of human consciousness are seen as continuous.”
Frode Pedersen (2011), “Demonic Affinities: On Goethe's Die Wahlverwandtschaften” [1]

Bergman was to Goethe, as Gibbs is to Thims.”
— Libb Thims (2015), mental synopsis note arisen amid writing of posthumous genius page, 1:39PM CST Nov 9

1. Pedersen, Frode H. (2011). “Demonic Affinities: On Goethe's Die Wahlverwandtschaften” (abs), Literature and Chemistry: Elective Affinities Conference, Bergen University, Oct 27-28.

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