Encyclopedia of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry - 3 Volume Set: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Encyclopedia of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry - 3 Volume Set

1st Edition

Edited by John H. Moore, Nicholas D. Spencer

CRC Press

2,814 pages

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The Encyclopedia of Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics introduces possibly unfamiliar areas, explains important experimental and computational techniques, and describes modern endeavors. The encyclopedia quickly provides the basics, defines the scope of each subdiscipline, and indicates where to go for a more complete and detailed explanation. Particular attention has been paid to symbols and abbreviations to make this a user-friendly encyclopedia. Care has been taken to ensure that the reading level is suitable for the trained chemist or physicist.

The encyclopedia is divided in three major sections:

  • FUNDAMENTALS: the mechanics of atoms and molecules and their interactions, the macroscopic and statistical description of systems at equilibrium, and the basic ways of treating reacting systems. The contributions in this section assume a somewhat less sophisticated audience than the two subsequent sections. At least a portion of each article inevitably covers material that might also be found in a modern, undergraduate physical chemistry text.

  • METHODS: the instrumentation and fundamental theory employed in the major spectroscopic techniques, the experimental means for characterizing materials, the instrumentation and basic theory employed in the study of chemical kinetics, and the computational techniques used to predict the static and dynamic properties of materials.

  • APPLICATIONS: specific topics of current interest and intensive research.

    For the practicing physicist or chemist, this encyclopedia is the place to start when confronted with a new problem or when the techniques of an unfamiliar area might be exploited. For a graduate student in chemistry or physics, the encyclopedia gives a synopsis of the basics and an overview of the range of activities in which physical principles are applied to chemical problems. It will lead any of these groups to the salient points of a new field as rapidly as possible and gives pointers as to where to read about the topic in more detail.

  • Reviews

    "… now for the first time we have a comprehensive encyclopedia of this discipline …The editors-in-chief John Moore and Nicholas Spencer not only faced this marathon challenge but solved the problem with style … This balancing act between traditional and ultramodern physical chemistry succeeds … The cross-references excite the reader's interest and stimulates him or her to examine other volumes or topics … University libraries are strongly recommended to buy this encyclopedia, and all research groups working in the field should add this three-volume work to their reference books."

    -Ralf Ludwig, Angewwandte Chemie

    "… a long and considerable effort has clearly been spent in compiling it … The encyclopedia is the best single source that I know of for getting a modern view of chemical physics and physical chemistry."

    -Raphael D. Levinein, CHEMPHYSCHEM

    "This three-volume encyclopedia is a comprehensive survey of the present state of knowledge and the research frontier in nearly every area of chemical physics and physical chemistry … The goal has been to make each article enjoyable, informative, and concisely relevant to its named topic. These goals are well met … In its discussions, the encyclopedia strikes an excellent balance between theory and applications … [it] is a most remarkable and successful enterprise, and makes very enjoyable reading … It belongs in every university science library."

    -William Klemperer, Physics Today, February 2003

    Table of Contents

    Editors

    Scientific Advisory Board

    List of Contributors

    Acknowledgments

    Foreword

    Introduction

    VOLUME 1: FUNDAMENTALS

    PART A1: MICROSCOPICS

    PART A2: THERMODYNAMICS AND STATISTICAL MECHANICS

    PART A3: DYNAMICAL PROCESSES.

    VOLUME 2: METHODS

    PART B1: DETERMINING MATERIALS AND MOLECULAR PROPERTIES

    PART B2: DYNAMIC MEASUREMENTS

    PART B3: TECHNIQUES FOR APPLYING THEORY

    VOLUME 3: APPLICATIONS

    PART C1: MICROSCOPIC SYSTEMS

    PART C2: EXTENDED AND MACROSCOPIC SYSTEMS

    PART C3: CHEMICAL KINETICS AND DYNAMICS

    INDEX

    About the Editors

    Moore\, John H.; Spencer\, Nicholas D.

    Subject Categories

    BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
    SCI013050
    SCIENCE / Chemistry / Physical & Theoretical
    SCI055000
    SCIENCE / Physics