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Neither Physics nor ChemistryA History of Quantum Chemistry$
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Kostas Gavroglu and Ana Simões

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016186

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016186.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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Neither Physics nor Chemistry
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Kostas Gavroglu

Ana Simões

Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262016186.003.0001

This book explains what quantum chemistry is not, what is, and how it developed. It examines the development of an “in-between” discipline such as quantum chemistry in the context of six interrelated clusters of issues that manifest the particularities of its evolving (re)articulations with physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics, as well as institutional positioning. These six clusters relate to the epistemic content of quantum chemistry, the social issues involved in the emergence of quantum chemistry as a discipline, the contingent character of its history, the profound changes brought about by the digital computer, the philosophical issues arising from the work of almost all the protagonists, and the importance of styles of reasoning in evaluating different approaches to quantum chemistry.

Keywords:   quantum chemistry, physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer, reasoning

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