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The Electronic Configuration Model, Quantum Mechanics and Reduction

Eric R. Scerri
The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Vol. 42, No. 3 (Sep., 1991), pp. 309-325
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/687910
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Abstract

The historical development of the electronic configuration model is traced and the status of the model with respect to quantum mechanics is examined. The successes and problems raised by the model are explored, particularly in chemical ab initio calculations. The relevance of these issues to whether chemistry has been reduced to quantum mechanics is discussed, as are some general notions on reduction.

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