Chemistry, Quantum Mechanics and Reductionism: Perspectives in Theoretical Chemistry

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Springer Science & Business Media, Nov 11, 2013 - Science - 455 pages
The purpose of this book is to provide a deeper insight into the modern theories of molecular matter. It incorporates the most important developments which have taken place during the last decades and reflects the modern trend to abstraction. At the present state of the art we have acquired a fairly good knowledge of "how to. compute" small molecules us ing the methods of quantum chemistry. Yet, in spite of many statements to the contrary and many superficial discussions, the theoretical basis of chemistry and biology is not safely in our hands. It is all but impossible to summarize the modern developments of the theory of matter in nontechnical language. But I hope that I can give some feeling for the problems, the intellectual excitements and the wor ries of some theoreticians. I know very well that such an enterprise is a dangerous adventure and that one says that a clever scientist should take care of his reputation by barricading himself behind the safe wall of his speciality. This volume is not meant to be a textbook; in many respects it has complementary goals. For good and bad reasons, most textbooks ignore the historical and philosophical aspects and go ahead on the basis of crude simplifications; many even lie like the devil and do not shrink from naive indoctrination. Some sections of this book can be read as commentaries on our standard texts, they are intended to stir the waters with controversy.
 

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Contents

Open Phoběems of the PhosentDay Theohotēca Chemü8hy
3
On the Structute of Scientć6c Theolutes
18
Pôonoch Quantum Mechanics and Čts Intetptotation
45
Beyond Pêoneev Quantum Mechanicó
160
A Fuamowouk 60 Theohe tücaé Chomó4
250
Reduction 08m HoCöm and Compéementavity
308
Bübognaphy and Authon Index 6 e o e o e o e o e o e
356
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