Methods in Computational Chemistry: Volume 1 Electron Correlation in Atoms and Molecules / Edition 1

Methods in Computational Chemistry: Volume 1 Electron Correlation in Atoms and Molecules / Edition 1

by Stephen Wilson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0306426455

ISBN-13: 9780306426452

Pub. Date: 10/12/2007

Publisher: Springer US

When, forty years ago, as a student of Charles Coulson in Oxford I began work in theoretical chemistry, I was provided with a Brunsviga calculator-a small mechanical device with a handle for propulsion, metal levers for setting the numbers, and a bell that rang to indicate overflow. What has since come to be known as computational chemistry was just beginning.

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When, forty years ago, as a student of Charles Coulson in Oxford I began work in theoretical chemistry, I was provided with a Brunsviga calculator-a small mechanical device with a handle for propulsion, metal levers for setting the numbers, and a bell that rang to indicate overflow. What has since come to be known as computational chemistry was just beginning. There followed a long period in which the fundamental theory of the "golden age" (1925-1935) was extended and refined and in which the dreams of the early practitioners were gradually turned into hard arithmetic reality. As a still-computing survivor from the early postwar days now enjoying the benefits of unbelievably improved hardware, I am glad to contribute a foreword to this series and to have the opportunity of providing a little historical perspective. After the Brunsviga came the electromechanical machines of the late 1940s and early 1950s, and a great reduction in the burden of calculating molecular wavefunctions. We were now happy. At least for systems con­ taining a few electrons it was possible to make fully ab initio calculations, even though semiempirical models remained indispensable for most molecules of everyday interest. The 1950 papers of Hall and of Roothaan represented an important milestone along the road to larger-scale non­ empirical calculations, extending the prewar work of Hartree and Fock from many-electron atoms to many-electron molecules-and thus into "real chemistry.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306426452
Publisher:
Springer US
Publication date:
10/12/2007
Edition description:
1987
Pages:
364
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.03(d)

Table of Contents

1. Electron Correlation in Atoms.- 2. Electron Correlation in Molecules.- 3. Four-Index Transformations.- 4. Green’s Function Monte Carlo Methods.- Author Index.

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