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Molecular Orbital Theory for Organic Chemists Hardcover – 1 Dec 1961
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This book describes the derivation and limitations of the simple molecular orbital theory of quantum mechanics and its application to the chemical properties and reactions of organic compounds. Many aspects of physical organic chemistry are reviewed - including reaction mechanisms, spectroscopy, electron spin resonance etc. The book provides an understanding of qualitative organic chemistry through the aid of molecular orbital concepts and results.
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The early days of computational organic chemistry (1930-1960)
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Streitwieser's book (1961) is concerned with the early applications of molecular orbital (MO) theory to organic chemistry. The Hueckel MO method is discussed in depth as well as its application to electronic spectra and aromaticity. The reader should keep in mind that at the time the book was written (1960) PC did not exist yet while mainframes were available to a very limited number of scientists. Hence, most of the numerical calculations on the electronic structure of molecules were carried out with the aid of mechanical calculators and they involved the diagonalization of relatively small matrices/determinants. The book therefore is a testimonial of the development of the field of theoretical organic chemistry from its inception (1930s) up to 1960. Borden's book "Modern Molecular Orbital Theory for Organic Chemists" (1975) can be considered a worthy successor of Streitwieser's book while for a contemporary view of the field the reader should consult Bachrach's book "Computational Organic Chemistry" (2014, 2-nd edition).