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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (18 April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047118439X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471184393
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.3 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,433,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Provides a lot of reading pleasure and many new insights." –Journal of Molecular Structure "This is the most entertaining, stimulating and useful book which can be thoroughly recommended to anyone with an interest in computer simulation." –Contemporary Physics "A very useful introduction . . . more interesting to read than the often dry equation–based texts." –Journal of the American Chemical Society Written especially for the novice, Molecular Dynamics Simulation demonstrates how molecular dynamics simulations work and how to perform them, focusing on how to devise a model for specific molecules and then how to simulate their movements using a computer. This book provides a collection of methods that until now have been scattered through the literature of the last 25 years. It reviews elements of sampling theory and discusses how modern notions of chaos and nonlinear dynamics explain the workings of molecular dynamics. Stresses easy–to–use molecules ∗ Provides sample calculations and figures ∗ Includes four complete FORTRAN codes

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J. M. HAILE is Professor of Chemical Engineering at Clemson University. His research activities are in the areas of molecular dynamics, thermodynamics, and the use of computer simulation techniques to determine thermodynamic and transport properties of fluids.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 May 1999
Format: Paperback
As it's name implies this book covers only elementary methods, and this makes it extremely useful for beginners. Particularly higher undergraduate and graduate students with no previous knowledge of computer simulation methods. It is very kind with the reader, being very explicit on many topics other books take for granted. The sections on hard sphere simulation are particularly long compared with other books on the subject. The code included is very well organized and helpful, every book should have it documented this way!. If you program in fortran it's very useful, but if you program in C I recommend Rapaport's book instead, altough it's a little more difficult. I particularly liked the introduction about simulation and some phylosophical aspects of it.
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A great book for begginers. 17 May 1999
By saras@servidor.unam.mx - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As it's name implies this book covers only elementary methods, and this makes it extremely useful for beginners. Particularly higher undergraduate and graduate students with no previous knowledge of computer simulation methods. It is very kind with the reader, being very explicit on many topics other books take for granted. The sections on hard sphere simulation are particularly long compared with other books on the subject. The code included is very well organized and helpful, every book should have it documented this way!. If you program in fortran it's very useful, but if you program in C I recommend Rapaport's book instead, altough it's a little more difficult. I particularly liked the introduction about simulation and some phylosophical aspects of it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great introduction 26 April 2005
By wiredweird - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you're just getting started in molecular dynamics, especially if it's not really where you wanted to be in the first place, this may be the book for you.

The pace is brisk. Readers unsure of their calculus or Newtonian physics may struggle. The brief first chapter addresses the basics: what are the questions, which ones can computation address, and with what result. Chapters two to five develop successively more refined models up through Lennard-Jones soft-sphere models. That puts the reader about half-way through the book, to the point where it becomes less about physics and more about real chemistry. The next two chapters deal with the basics of thermodynamics and a bit on evaluating stability of the computed results.

The last third of the book is mostly appendices. The first three are decidedly of interest to the chemistry beginner, but the next dozen or so could have been dropped with no harm to the book's main content. "A Random-Number Generator" and "Conventions for Naming Variables in Fortran" are redundant and irrelevant (respectively) in most contemporary computing environments. If someone needs computing advice at that level, they're probably not ready for the load this book presents.

What's good is very good, though. The introduction material is sensible and adequately rigorous, with many and varied references at the end of each chapter. My interest in computational chemistry is mostly in the computation, not in the chemistry. Given that computational chemistry is a huge field, Haile has done a good job of keeping a sharp focus on one range of techniques and on a specific level of reader.

//wiredweird
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good for the Molecular Dynamics beginner 19 Nov 2013
By John White - Published on Amazon.com
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It provided the detailed information that I needed to write a successful simulation program. (Most other references that I have found regarding MD calculations assume a more knowledgeable or expert reader.
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La mejor introduccion a la materia 5 Nov 2009
By Gabriel Jesus Sanjurjo Prieto - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Este libro es el mejor que he econtrado para introducirte en el mundo de la simulacion de la dinamica molecular. Si bien hay muchos temas que no trata, como la simulacion en otros colectivos que no sean el colectivo microcanonico, la simulacion ab initio, etc, es sin duda el libro mas recomendado para los que comienzan sus andaduras en esta materia. Lo recomiendo sin duda a todo aquel que tenga curiosidad por el tema o se dedique profesionalmente a la simulacion de dinamica molecular, como texto de iniciacion. Posteriormente puede seguirse el estudio por textos como los de Frenkel y Smit o el de Allen y Tildesley, dos grandes textos para esta materia.
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