The molecular structure hypothesis--that a molecule is a collection of atoms linked by a network of bonds-- provides the principal means of ordering and classifying observations in chemistry. However this hypothesis is not related directly to the physics which governs the motions of atomic nuclei and electrons. It is the purpose of this important new book to show that a theory can be developed to establish the molecular structure hypothesis, demonstrating that the atoms in a molecule are real, with properties predicted and defined by the laws of quantum mechanics, and that the structure their presence imparts to a molecule is indeed a consequence of the underlying physics. As a result, the classification based upon the concept of atoms in molecules is freed from its empirical constraints and the full predictive power of quantum mechanics can be incorporated into the resulting theory--a theory of atoms in molecules. Eminently accessible and readable, the book will interest all scientists involved with experiment and observation at the atomic level, in addition to theoreticians.
Richard F. W. Bader
1st Paperback Edition
1 colour plate, halftones, line figures,
1 colour plate, halftones, line figures,
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The science of chemistry had always eluded me until I found this book. The author, Richard Bader, has, using computer graphics, quantum mechanics, and catastrophe theory created an approach to chemistry that is simultaneously rigorous, accurate, and, most importantly, understandable.
Anyone with an elementary knowledge of physics and mathematics can read this book and come away with a true understanding of chemical physics. Using the techniques pioneered by Bader and his students and colleagues, one can literally see the stability and reactivity properties of any molecule. And this is just the beginning.
Laboring "against the dominant paradigms" for years, Bader's theories are now gaining wide acceptance as a new crop of younger, more graphics-oriented computational chemists are entering the workforce. Hardly an issue of any journal in chemical physics now gets published wthout at least one article citing this book. Indeed, Richard Bader has become...
I must admit that I bought this book several years ago but only now I feel confident writing a review about its content, the Quantum Theory of Atoms in Molecules (QTAIM) developed by Professor Richard Bader and coworkers. An important observation behind QTAIM is that the electronic charge density of any molecule or solid is an experimental observable which can be accurately determined with the aid of X-ray diffraction crystallography (see Prof. Coppens' book "X-Ray Charge Densities and Chemical Bonding" and Profs. Tsirelson and Ozerov's book "Electron Density and Bonding in Crystals: Principles, Theory and X-Ray Diffraction Experiments in Solid State Physics and Chemistry"). Experiments show that the electronic charge density is highest in regions where atoms (or better, nuclei) are located and lowest in the internuclear regions. It is the latter regions, however, which are important for chemical bonding. In other words, the accumulation of electronic charge density in the...
In the opinion of several world-class scientists, the author of this book should have received the nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work, of which this book is arguably his Magnum Opus. But, like Galileo, he was a bit too vociferous in his critique of the establishment. He writes lucidly, and has a riveting thesis - if you understand a bit about Physical Chemistry. Well worth the price. The book was mailed promptly, and is part of my permanent library.
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