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Has Chemistry Been at Least Approximately Reduced to Quantum Mechanics?

Eric R. Scerri
PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association
Vol. 1994, Volume One: Contributed Papers (1994), pp. 160-170
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/193021
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Has Chemistry Been at Least Approximately Reduced to Quantum Mechanics?
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Abstract

Differing views on reduction are briefly reviewed and a suggestion is made for a working definition of 'approximate reduction'. Ab initio studies in quantum chemistry are then considered, including the issues of convergence and error bounds. This includes an examination of the classic studies on CH2 and the recent work on the Si2C molecule. I conclude that chemistry has not even been approximately reduced.

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