Article ID: CBB001320763

Discrete Mathematical Chemistry: Social Aspects of its Emergence and Reception (2013)


Abstract: We first show some successes of discrete mathematical chemistry (DMC), a branch of theoretical chemistry born in the 1960s and 1970s. Then we explore the social context in which the emergence of DMC took place, initiated mainly in East European countries. The availability of knowledge, especially of mathematical knowledge, and the lack of research funds were the main conditions that helped get DMC started. We also explore the reception of DMC in the chemical and mathematical circles, being flat rejection in chemistry and slow acceptance in mathematics. Finally, we discuss some definitions of the subject and propose a new one stating that mathematical chemistry is the realization of mathematical thinking in chemistry, understood as functional thinking defined by Felix Klein in the Erlangen Program. Keywords: discrete mathematical chemistry, social aspects, emergence, reception, definition

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Authors & Contributors
Michelangelo Parrilli
Audrey Harnagel
Borden, Weston Thatcher
Veletanlić, Emina
Chris Elcock
Fabrizio Li Vigni
Minerva: A Review of Science, Learning and Policy
VIET: Voprosy Istorii Estestvoznaniia i Tekhniki
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Foundations of Chemistry
Società Chimica Italiana
World Scientific
University of Pittsburgh Press
University of Chicago Press
MIT Press
Funding and finance
Science and society
Research support
Scientific communities; interprofessional relations
Government sponsored science
Leary, Timothy
Mendeleev, Dmitri Ivanovich
Bonino, Giovanni Battista
Audubon, John James
Time Periods
20th century, late
21st century
20th century
19th century
United States
Pacific Rim
Santa Fe Institute
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
Rossiiskaia Akademiia Nauk
National Science Foundation (U.S.)

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