What and How Physics Contributes to Understanding the Periodic Law

@article{Ostrovsky2001WhatAH,
  title={What and How Physics Contributes to Understanding the Periodic Law},
  author={Valentin N. Ostrovsky},
  journal={Foundations of Chemistry},
  year={2001},
  volume={3},
  pages={145-181}
}
  • V. Ostrovsky
  • Published 1 May 2001
  • Physics
  • Foundations of Chemistry
The current status of explanation worked out by Physics for the Periodic Law is considered from philosophical and methodological points of view. The principle gnosiological role of approximations and models in providing interpretation for complicated systems is emphasized. The achievements, deficiencies and perspectives of the existing quantum mechanical interpretation of the Periodic Table are discussed. The mainstream ab initio theory is based on analysis of selfconsistent one-electron… 
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