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Charles Forgy
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Graduate student in quantum chemistry.
Graduate student in quantum chemistry.

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New post on my answer to "What are scientists' goals?"

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Scientists (or at Least Theoreticians) as Cartographers
An interesting (and seemingly eternal) philosophical debate in science is that of scientific realism versus instrumentalism . My own experience seems to indicate that quite often, it's actually scientists (and in particular physicists) who advocate an inst...

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Anyone attending next week's conference at Northwestern?

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Midwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference
First, apologies for the lack of posts lately, I've been quite busy with other obligations. I hope to have some more content up reasonably soon. As to one of those obligations, I will be presenting a poster at the upcoming Midwest Theoretical Chemistry Con...

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Philippus Theophrastus, thanks for the link.  I wasn't aware of that site, but it looks like it has some great information.

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Further Evidence of Element 117
Physical Review Letters just published a paper in which an international group in Germany claimed to have repeated the 2010 results of the synthesis of element 117 (E117) by bombarding berkelium with a calcium beam (synopsis available here ). Berkelium can...

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Discovery of Tetraquark
Interesting discovery coming out of CERN here (CERN's press release here ). The scientists claim they discovered a four-quark particle, or tetraquark, composed of a charm, anti-charm, down, and an anti-up quark. The particle would appear to be roughly (or ...

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Interesting discovery coming out of CERN here (CERN's press release here ). The scientists claim they discovered a four-quark particle, or tetraquark, composed of a charm, anti-charm, down, and an anti-up quark. The particle would appear to be roughly (or ...

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Is Spin a Relativistic Effect? Levy-Leblond and First Order Wave Equations
One of the earliest concepts we cover in atomic structure is the concept of electron spin. We are taught to think of the electron's spin the same way we think of its charge; there's no particular reason a particle should have spin according to quantum mech...
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