Lucjan Piela




Hardcover Textbook


Elsevier Science
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Textbook Description:

Ideas of Quantum Chemistry shows how quantum mechanics is applied to chemistry to give it a theoretical foundation. The structure of the book (a TREE-form) emphasizes the logical relationships between various topics, facts and methods. It shows the reader which parts of the text are needed for understanding specific aspects of the subject matter. Interspersed throughout the text are short biographies of key scientists and their contributions to the development of the field.

Ideas of Quantum Chemistry has both textbook and scientific reference work aspects. Like a textbook, the material is organized into digestable sections with each chapter following the same structure. It answers frequently asked questions. The most important conclusions and the essential mathematical formulae are highlighted in the text. In its reference aspects, it has a broader range than traditional quantum chemistry books and reviews virtually all of the pertinent literature. The book is as such useful both for beginners as well as for specialists in advanced topics of quantum chemistry.

The book is supplemented by an appendix on the Internet:

  • Presents the widest range of quantum chemical problems covered in one book
  • Unique structure allows material to be tailored to the specific needs of the reader
  • Informal language facilitates the understanding of difficult topics
  • Written by authorities in Molecular Chemistry, Ideas of Quantum Chemistry by Lucjan Piela provides an excellent foundation for Molecular Chemistry studies. Lucjan Piela's style is excellently suited towards Molecular Chemistry studies, and will teach students the material clearly without overcomplicating the subject. What's more, the text is available in the Hardcover format shown above (ISBN 9780444522276), as well as a number of other formats. As of January 2007, this revision raises the bar for Ideas of Quantum Chemistry's high standard of excellence, making sure that it stays one of the foremost Molecular Chemistry studies textbooks.