Linus Pauling: Two-Time Nobel Laureate
In 1985 Dover reprinted Introduction to Quantum Mechanics with Applications to Chemistry, a well-known older book by Linus Pauling and E. Bright Wilson. This book had been first published fifty years earlier and remarkably still found readers in 1985, and still does today, twenty-five years further on.
The first edition of Pauling's General Chemistry was a short book of lessr than 250 pages published in 1944, during World War II. Three years later, it had more than doubled in size to almost 600 pages, and the 1953 edition was over 700 pages. Fifteen years later, for the 1970 edition, it reached its final size and configuration at almost 1,000 pages ― and that is the edition which Dover reprinted in 1988. Dr. Pauling's one request at that time was that we keep the price affordable for students.
Linus Pauling is of course the only Dover author to win two Nobel prizes, for Chemistry in 1954 and for Peace in 1962; he is the only winner in history of two unshared Nobel Prizes.
In the Author's Own Words:
"Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life."
"Do unto others 20% better than you would expect them to do unto you, to correct for subjective error."
"The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas, and throw the bad ones away."
"Facts are the air of scientists. Without them you can never fly." — Linus Pauling
Critical Acclaim for General Chemistry:
"An excellent text, highly recommended." — Choice
Every one which intents start in this field should read this book.
The book reads very much like a textbook, and I would suggest at least a pretty good understanding of physics, mathematics, and technical writing before diving in.
This is an excellent text and I would suggest a student of quantum mechanics read it early, certainly before Dirac.
As I started reading it I loved it, is so easy to understand it because it leads you from the basic equations which are needed to understand the theory, the origins of it and how... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Isaura Avalos
Although this Introduction to Quantum Mechanics was published in the same year as Schrodinger's Cat Paradox and therefore may seem naive by modern standards, it gets into... Read morePublished 6 months ago by R. H. Page
I got the book because Pauling was a genius - a legend in his own time. I figured that anything he had to say would reflect that genius. I wasn't disappointed there. Read morePublished 14 months ago by NorthTXguy
This book is one of my favorite scientists, Pauling's work, and my teacher recommend me to read it. I can't wait to read it!! Read morePublished 16 months ago by Chien-Lun Hung
I am quite satisfied with my purchase of this book. The author is a famous scientist in theis and other fields, so keeping this book is a bit of a keepsake or collector's item.Published 16 months ago by John Ball
def not for a beginner really need to kno the basic of quantum mechanics and its theory's other then that it is a wonderful bookPublished 19 months ago by Joey
If you are trying to get into a fundamental understanding of Quantum this is a good text. Not a lot of pretty pictures, and yes they do dump you into
partial differentiation... Read more
I bought this book thinking it was a reprint of Dr. Paulings earlier book on Quantum Mechanics that was published in 1935. Read morePublished on October 11, 2011 by Amazon Customer
This is an introductory quantum mechanics book that focuses exclusively on how this new (at the time this book was written) mechanics clarifies the nature of chemical bonds. Read morePublished on January 5, 2010 by Jason Dowd