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Neither Physics nor Chemistry: A History of Quantum Chemistry

Kostas Gavroglu and Ana Simões

Abstract

Quantum chemistry—a discipline that is not quite physics, not quite chemistry, and not quite applied mathematics—emerged as a field of study in the 1920s. It was referred to by such terms as mathematical chemistry, subatomic theoretical chemistry, molecular quantum mechanics, and chemical physics until the community agreed on the designation of quantum chemistry. This book examines the evolution of quantum chemistry into an autonomous discipline, tracing its development from the publication of early papers in the 1920s to the dramatic changes brought about by the use of computers in the 1970s. ... More

Keywords: quantum chemistry, mathematical chemistry, subatomic theoretical chemistry, molecular quantum mechanics, chemical physics, creative synthesis, academic politics, computers, reasoning

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780262016186
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262016186.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kostas Gavroglu, author

Ana Simões, author