Pathways to Modern Chemical Physics

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Springer Science & Business Media, May 26, 2012 - Science - 288 pages
In this historical volume Salvatore Califano traces the developments of ideas and theories in physical and theoretical chemistry throughout the 20th century. This seldom-told narrative provides details of topics from thermodynamics to atomic structure, radioactivity and quantum chemistry. Califano’s expertise as a physical chemist allows him to judge the historical developments from the point of view of modern chemistry. This detailed and unique historical narrative is fascinating for chemists working in the fields of physical chemistry and is also a useful resource for science historians who will enjoy access to material not previously dealt with in a coherent way.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Chemistry and Energy
1
Chapter 2 Kinetics and Chemical Equilibrium
27
Chapter 3 Matter and Electricity
59
Chapter 4 Chemical Physics Structural Techniques
87
Chapter 5 The Electron and Atomic Structure
109
Chapter 6 Radioactivity
135
Chapter 7 From Quantum Mechanics to Quantum Chemistry
167
Chapter 8 The Mechanisms of Chemical Reactions
223
Erratum to Copyright
270
Index
271
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