Chemical philosopher Eric Scerri of the University of California Los Angeles claims in a new book entitled simply: "The Periodic Table", that contrary to popular opinion, Dmitri Mendeleev did not work entirely in isolation in the Siberian wilderness. Rather, Scerri says, Mendeleev spoke all the major European languages, was familiar with the scientific literature of the time, and had traveled in Europe. "He mentioned the precursors of the periodic table, but not the ones who actually devised systems," he says, "He surely must have known about them." One of those primordial periodic tables was developed by a French geologist named Alexandre Emile B guyer de Chancourtois. He discovered the periodic system itself, but unfortunately his publisher did not have the expertise to print the complex diagram that de Chancourtois devised when he submitted his paper. As a result, Chancourtois received very little credit for the periodic table, and is not widely known. The name of Mendeleev on the other hand is inextricably woven into the fabric of chemistry.