Book ID: CBB746858355

Computer Meets Theoretical Physics: The New Frontier of Molecular Simulation (2020)


Battimelli, Giovanni (Author)
Giovanni Ciccotti (Author)
Greco, Pietro (Author)
Giuliana Giobbi (Translator)

Giuliana Giobbi

Publication Date: 2020
Physical Details: 218
Language: English

This book provides a vivid account of the early history of molecular simulation, a new frontier for our understanding of matter that was opened when the demands of theoretical physicists were met by the availability of the modern computers. Since their inception, electronic computers have enormously increased their performance, thus making possible the unprecedented technological revolution that characterizes our present times. This obvious technological advancement has brought with it a silent scientific revolution in the practice of theoretical physics. In particular, in the physics of matter it has opened up a direct route from the microscopic physical laws to observable phenomena. One can now study the time evolution of systems composed of millions of molecules, and simulate the behaviour of macroscopic materials and actually predict their properties. Molecular simulation has provided a new theoretical and conceptual tool that physicists could only dream of when the foundations of statistical mechanics were laid. Molecular simulation has undergone impressive development, both in the size of the scientific community involved and in the range and scope of its applications. It has become the ubiquitous workhorse for investigating the nature of complex condensed matter systems in physics, chemistry, materials and the life sciences. Yet these developments remain largely unknown outside the inner circles of practitioners, and they have so far never been described for a wider public. The main objective of this book is therefore to offer a reasonably comprehensive reconstruction of the early history of molecular simulation addressed to an audience of both scientists and interested non-scientists, describing the scientific and personal trajectories of the main protagonists and discussing the deep conceptual innovations that their work produced.

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Review Daniele Macuglia (2022) Review of "Computer Meets Theoretical Physics: The New Frontier of Molecular Simulation". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 461-462). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Arriassecq, Irene
Baronov, David
Bonah, Christian
Buderi, Robert
Eckert, Michael
Godin, Benoît
Archive for History of Exact Sciences
European Physical Journal H
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Perspectives on Science
Historia Scientiarum: International Journal of the History of Science Society of Japan
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Edições Colibri
MIT Press
Palgrave Macmillan
Presses de l'Université Laval
Springer International Publishing
Liveright Publishing Corporation A Division of W.W. Norton and Company
Models and modeling in science
Scientific innovation
Technological innovation
Computers and computing
Theoretical physics
Bohr, Niels Henrik David
Gould, Stephen Jay
Kohn, Walter
Stark, Johannes
Edison, Thomas Alva
Sommerfeld, Arnold Johannes Wilhelm
Time Periods
20th century, late
21st century
20th century
20th century, early
19th century
United States
Great Britain
Massachusetts (U.S.)
Niels Bohr Institutet, Copenhagen
Carnegie Institute of Technology
Fundação para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia
British Admiralty
Simulmatics Corporation

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