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. lt@br/>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 be incorporated into the resulting theory - a theory of atoms in molecules. lt@br/>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 of chemistry.
'The book presents an original and interesting viewpoint on a wide range of chemical phenomena. It should be of interest to all chemists who are concerned with the structures and the energies of molecules.'
Kenneth B. Wiberg, Yale University, Structural Chemistry, Vol. 3, No. 4, 1992
`... it has carved out a niche in the literature as an historic landmark contribution to the comprehension of the chemical and physical properties of molecules ... This paperback edition is reasonably priced and deserves to be recommended to all students of chemistry.'
Journal of Molecular Structure (Theochem) 360, 1996, 175
`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
List of symbols
1: Atoms in chemistry
2: Atoms and the topology of the charge desnity
3: Molecular structure and its change
4: Mathematical models of structural change
5: The quantum atom
6: The mechanics of an atom in a molecule
7: Chemical models and the Laplacian of the charge density
8: The action principle for a quantunm subsystem
Appendix - Tables of data
Series: International Series of Monographs on Chemistry
Number Of Pages: 456
Published: 12th May 1994
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51
Weight (kg): 0.79