A History of Quantum Chemistry
"This is a first-rate book co-authored by the two leading experts in the history of quantum chemistry. They have achieved a detailed and complete interpretive synthesis which should stand for many years as the definitive book on the subject."--Mary Jo Nye, Horning Professor in the Humanities and Professor of History Emerita, Oregon State University "This book by Gavroglu and Simoes is a masterful investigation of the constitution of a new scientific discipline that is 'neither physics nor chemistry.' It is a book that cannot avoid becoming a standard work for a long time to come. It will be of great interest not only to historians and philosophers of science, but also to the large community of chemists."--Helge Kragh, Department of Science Studies, Aarhus University; author of Quantum Generations " Neither Physics nor Chemistry is much more than a meticulously researched, authoritative history of quantum mechanical explanations of chemical structure. It is an insightful sociological and a commanding histriographical study of the formation of a modern new subdiscipline, quantum chemistry, and a searching examination of the impact that digital computers had on the field. It is also a highly instructive exploration of the consequences of these innovations for the culture of chemistry, and more generally for the philosophy of chemistry. It is a model for how to write the history of twentieth-century science, and Kostas Gavroglu and Ana Simoes are to be commended for it."--S. S. Schweber, Koret Professor of the History of Ideas and Professor of Physics, Emeritus, Brandeis University
Kostas Gavroglu teaches in the Department of History and Science at the University of Athens. Ana Simo es teaches in the Unit for the Faculty of Science, History of Science, at the University of Lisbon.