Three Millennia of Atoms and Molecules I

Monday, November 10, 2014 - 2:00pm
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Hach Hall Atrium

Klaus Ruedenberg , Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemistry

Part I: The growth of human insight into the atomistic structure of matter is traced, starting with the conceptions of the Greek philosophers of Antiquity, through the slow advances in the Middle Ages, into the modern era of expanding natural sciences. It focuses on developments that have generated lasting scientific knowledge through creative speculation subject to the strictures of experimental corroboration as well as logical and mathematical consistency. Special attention is paid to the role of chemistry as well as that of physics in general and to the development of quantum chemistry in particular.