Not Just a Branch, but the Blossom of the Tree of Knowledge: The Rise – and Blossoming – of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Berlin
Keywords: history of chemistry, physical chemistry, theoretical chemistry, quantum computing
The article reviews the rise of physical and theoretical chemistry from its dawn in the 17
thcentury to the triuphms following the quantum revolution all the way up to the late 1930s. In the final part, prospects for solving many-body problems using quantum computers are discussed.
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