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Chemistry, quantum mechanics, and reductionism : perspectives in theoretical chemistry

Author: Hans Primas
Publisher: Berlin ; New York : Springer-Verlag, 1981.
Series: Lecture notes in chemistry, 24.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Primas, Hans, 1928-
Chemistry, quantum mechanics, and reductionism.
Berlin ; New York : Springer-Verlag, 1981
(DLC) 81008727
(OCoLC)7573437
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Hans Primas
ISBN: 9783662113141 3662113147
OCLC Number: 681383403
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 451 pages).
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Chapteh 1: Open Problems of Present-Day Theoretical Chemistry --
ChapteJc 2: On the Structure ofScientific Theories --
Chapten 3: Pioneer Quantum Mechanics and Its Interpretation --
4: Beyond Pioneer Quantum Mechanics --
Chap.ten 5: A Framework for Theoretical Chemistry --
Chaptelc 6: Reductionism, Holism and Complementarity --
Bibliography and Author Index.
Series Title: Lecture notes in chemistry, 24.
Responsibility: Hans Primas.

Abstract:

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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