Atoms in Molecules: A Quantum Theory

Paperback | May 1, 1994

byRichard F. W. Bader

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The molecular structure hypothesis - that a molecule is a collection of atoms linked by a network of bonds - was forged in the crucible of nineteenth century experimental chemistry and has continued to serve as the principal means of ordering and classifying the observations of chemistry.There is a difficulty with the hypothesis, however, in that it is not related directly to the physics which governs the motions of the nuclei and electrons that make up the atoms and the bonds.It is the purpose of this important book - now available in paperback for the first time - to show that a theory can be developed to underpin the molecular structure hypothesis - that the atoms in a molecule are real, with properties predicted and defined by the laws of quantum mechanics can beincorporated into the resulting theory - a theory of atoms in molecules.The book is aimed at those scientists responsible for performing the experiments and collecting the observations on the properties of matter at the atomic level, in the belief that the transformation of qualitative concepts into a qualitative theory will serve to deepen our understanding ofchemistry.

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The molecular structure hypothesis - that a molecule is a collection of atoms linked by a network of bonds - was forged in the crucible of nineteenth century experimental chemistry and has continued to serve as the principal means of ordering and classifying the observations of chemistry.There is a difficulty with the hypothesis, ho...

Richard F. W. Bader is at McMaster University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:456 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.02 inPublished:May 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

List of symbols1. Atoms in chemistry2. Atoms and the topology of the charge desnity3. Molecular structure and its change4. Mathematical models of structural change5. The quantum atom6. The mechanics of an atom in a molecule7. Chemical models and the Laplacian of the charge density8. The action principle for a quantunm subsystemAppendix - Tables of dataIndex

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`This book is a valuable, scholarly work and is a useful contribution to the quantum chemistry library. This reasonably priced paperback edition should now enable many more chemists to enjoy discovering how theory can enlighten their understanding of molecules.'D.S. Urch, Chemistry in Britain, May 1995