Ideas of Quantum Chemistry - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444522276, 9780080466767

Ideas of Quantum Chemistry

1st Edition

Authors: Lucjan Piela Lucjan Piela
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444522276
eBook ISBN: 9780080466767
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 28th November 2006
Page Count: 1120
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Ideas of Quantum Chemistry shows how quantum mechanics is applied to chemistry to give it a theoretical foundation. The structure of the book (a TREE-form) emphasizes the logical relationships between various topics, facts and methods. It shows the reader which parts of the text are needed for understanding specific aspects of the subject matter. Interspersed throughout the text are short biographies of key scientists and their contributions to the development of the field.

Ideas of Quantum Chemistry has both textbook and reference work aspects. Like a textbook, the material is organized into digestable sections with each chapter following the same structure. It answers frequently asked questions and highlights the most important conclusions and the essential mathematical formulae in the text. In its reference aspects, it has a broader range than traditional quantum chemistry books and reviews virtually all of the pertinent literature. It is useful both for beginners as well as specialists in advanced topics of quantum chemistry. The book is supplemented by an appendix on the Internet.

Key Features

  • Presents the widest range of quantum chemical problems covered in one book
  • Unique structure allows material to be tailored to the specific needs of the reader
  • Informal language facilitates the understanding of difficult topics


For chemistry undergraduates and graduates, professors, researchers and in particular those studying quantum chemistry - from beginners to professionals. Also beneficial to those involved in biology, biotechnology, physics, astronomy, material sciences.

Table of Contents

  1. The Magic of Quantum Mechanics
  2. Schroedinger Equation
  3. Beyond the Schroedinger Equation
  4. Exact Solutions - our Beacons
  5. Two Fundamental Approximate Methods
  6. Separation of Electronic and Nuclear Motions
  7. Motion of the Nuclei
  8. Electronic Motion in the Mean Field: Atoms and Molecules
  9. Electronic Motion in the Mean Field: Periodic Systems
  10. Correlation of the Electronic Motions
  11. Electronic Motion: Density Functional Theory
  12. Molecule in Electric or Magnetic Fields
  13. Intermolecular Interactions
  14. Intermolecular Motion of Nuclei And Electrons: Chemical Reactions
  15. Information Processing - Mission of Chemistry


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About the Author

Lucjan Piela

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Chemistry, University of Warsaw, Pasteura 1, 02-093 Warsaw, Poland Email:

Lucjan Piela

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Chemistry, University of Warsaw, Pasteura 1, 02-093 Warsaw, Poland Email: