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Molecular Quantum Mechanics

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Quantum mechanics embraces the behaviour of all known forms of matter, including the atoms and molecules from which we, and all living organisms, are composed. Molecular Quantum Mechanics leads us through this absorbing yet challenging subject, unravelling those fundamental physical principles which explain how all matter behaves.
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Paperback, 4th edition, 588 pages
Published February 17th 2005 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published December 28th 1970)
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Jul 17, 2012 Martina rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: physics students, everyone
Shelves: physics
I know that, in the physics circuit, this book is... well, not exactly frowned upon, but there is some prejudice against it (probably because Peter Atkins is actually a chemistry professor). However, after reading the book, I have come to the conclusion that having any kind of prejudice makes no sense.

Molecular quantum mechanics is an excellent book and, despite the opinion in some circles, is well suited to fit the needs of a student taking courses in Atomic and/or Molecular physics. I especia
Quite a decent book but explanations can be quite (unnecessarily) long. More examples on how to use the theory would be nice too.
Can be difficult to understand if you don't have a solid background in physics and chemistry.
Sometimes can feel like steps are skipped for beginners, so it definitely lacks in that department.
James Lyon
This book is very pretty: I said it. The coloring and font is spot on. The material is well covered too; I especially liked his presentation of the relationship between coupled and uncoupled electron systems via Clebsch-Gordan coefficients. Recommended.
Alright, my supervisors don't like this because "the descriptions aren't entirely accurate". But hey, if you wish to *pretend to* understand quantum mechanics for chemistry at all, please read this.
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Peter Atkins is a fellow of Lincoln College, University of Oxford and the author of about 70 books for students and a general audience. His texts are market leaders around the globe. A frequent lecturer in the United States and throughout the world, he has held visiting professor­ships in France, Israel, Japan, China, and New Zealand. He was the founding chairman of the Committee on Chemistry Educ ...more
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