How useful are oxidation states?

IB Chemistry: How useful are oxidation states?

Paradigm shifts often occur when an established theory has to be ever more distorted to account for observable facts and to make accurate predictions. I wonder if the time is coming soon when the concept of oxidation states will join phlogiston, equivalent weights, normality and relative density in the dustbin of chemical history (see Dinosaur chemistry)?Oxidation states are man-made and provide a model used by most,...

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