Article ID: CBB974572915

Range separation: the divide between local structures and field theories (2019)


This work presents parallel histories of the development of two modern theories of condensed matter: the theory of electron structure in quantum mechanics, and the theory of liquid structure in statistical mechanics. Comparison shows that key revelations in both are not only remarkably similar, but even follow along a common thread of controversy that marks progress from antiquity through to the present. This theme appears as a creative tension between two competing philosophies, that of short range structure (atomistic models) on the one hand, and long range structure (continuum or density functional models) on the other. The timeline and technical content are designed to build up a set of key relations as guideposts for using density functional theories together with atomistic simulation.

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Authors & Contributors
Kessenikh, Alexandr Vladimirovich
Pellegrino, Emilio Marco
Johannes Lyklema
Michael O'Keeffe
Noboru Hirota
Greco, Pietro
Substantia: An International Journal of the History of Chemistry
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Physics in Perspective
Perspectives on Science
Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza
Metascience: An International Review Journal for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science
Pavia University Press
World Scientific
Trans Pacific Press
Rutgers University Press
Carocci Editore
Quantum mechanics
Philosophy of science
Statistical mechanics
Controversies and disputes
Physical chemistry
Einstein, Albert
Bohr, Niels Henrik David
Lippmaa, Endel
Heitler, Walter Heinrich
Hubble, Edwin Powell
Planck, Max
Time Periods
20th century
21st century
20th century, early
20th century, late
19th century
18th century
Brussels (Belgium)
United States
Soviet Union
Solvay Conferences

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