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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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Quantum Chemistry qua Applied Mathematics: Approximation Methods and Crunching Numbers

Quantum Chemistry qua Applied Mathematics: Approximation Methods and Crunching Numbers

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(p.130) (p.131) 3 Quantum Chemistry qua Applied Mathematics: Approximation Methods and Crunching Numbers
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Neither Physics nor Chemistry
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Kostas Gavroglu

Ana Simões

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262016186.003.0004

In Britain, John Edward Lennard-Jones, Douglas Rayner Hartree, and Charles Alfred Coulson played important roles in expanding the domain of applied mathematics to include quantum chemistry. This chapter examines some of the contributions of the British quantum chemists and how their immersion in the new subdiscipline was shaped by the Cambridge tradition of mathematical physics/applied mathematics. It looks at Ralph Howard Fowler’s work on quantum physics, which reflects the receptivity shown by some Cambridge researchers to the possibilities for chemistry offered by the new quantum mechanics. It also considers the 1923 Faraday Society meeting attended by physicists such as Gilbert Newton Lewis, Robert Robertson, Thomas M. Lowry, Arthur Lapworth, and Nevil Vincent Sidgwick, as well as the 1931 British Association for the Advancement of Science meeting, the 1933 Faraday Society meeting, and the 1934 International Conference in Physics.

Keywords:   John Edward Lennard-Jones, Douglas Rayner Hartree, Charles Alfred Coulson, applied mathematics, quantum chemistry, Ralph Howard Fowler, quantum physics, Faraday Society, British Association for the Advancement of Science, International Conference in Physics

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