Neither Physics nor Chemistry: A History of Quantum Chemistry (Transformations: Studies in the History of Science and Technology)

Neither Physics nor Chemistry: A History of Quantum Chemistry (Transformations: Studies in the History of Science and Technology)

Kostas Gavroglu, Ana Simões


Quantum chemistry--a self-discipline that isn't particularly physics, no longer relatively chemistry, and never fairly utilized mathematics--emerged as a box of analysis within the Twenties. It was once observed through such phrases as mathematical chemistry, subatomic theoretical chemistry, molecular quantum mechanics, and chemical physics until eventually the neighborhood agreed at the designation of quantum chemistry. In Neither Physics Nor Chemistry, Kostas Gavroglu and Ana Simões research the evolution of quantum chemistry into an independent self-discipline, tracing its improvement from the book of early papers within the Twenties to the dramatic alterations led to via desktops within the Nineteen Seventies. The authors specialise in the tradition that emerged from the inventive synthesis of a few of the traditions of chemistry, physics, and arithmetic. They learn the strategies, practices, languages, and associations of this new tradition in addition to the folks who proven it, from such pioneers as Walter Heitler and Fritz London, Linus Pauling, and Robert Sanderson Mulliken, to later figures together with Charles Alfred Coulson, Raymond Daudel, and Per-Olov Löwdin. all through, the authors emphasize six subject matters: epistemic elements and the dilemmas brought on by a number of techniques; social concerns, together with educational politics, the influence of textbooks, and the forging of alliances; the contingencies that arose at each degree of the advancements in quantum chemistry; the alterations within the box whilst pcs have been on hand to accomplish the terribly bulky calculations required; concerns within the philosophy of technology; and diversified types of reasoning.

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