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Critique of Quantum Mechanics in Chemistry

Sithamalli K. Balasubramanian
Year: 2009 Pages: 16
The major failures of Quantum Mechanics are in chemistry. These had been overlooked because of the notion, attributed to P.A.M.Dirac, that QM solves ALL the problems of Chemistry and major parts of those in Physics. The difficulties in application to Chemistry are not simply a matter of complicated mathematics involved in the process. There are severe problems of elementary logic. The problem may be indicative of a deeper malaise. It may be the basic premise of QM itself that is questionable. We leave it open and limit ourselves to the deficiencies in the application of QM to Chemistry.

The citations below are mostly to books. The concepts under criticism are part of the School curriculum the world over. They are not abstractions found in fringe literature; hence the importance of the Critique.

The difficulties are dealt with under the following heads:

  1. Chirality of molecules and molecular systems: Molecular chirality is incompatible with QM
  2. Aufbau model and its application to chemical systems
  3. Molecular systems: ad hoc approaches
  4. Electric Current and magnetism
  5. Inert Gases, superconductivity and Meissner effect
  6. Cold fusion
  7. Proton sites and nuclear structure
  8. Central dogma