Foundations of Chemistry

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 149–157 | Cite as

Why orbitals do not exist?

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Abstract

In this paper we will address the problem of the existence of orbitals by analyzing the relationship between molecular chemistry and quantum mechanics. In particular, we will consider the concept of orbital in the light of the arguments that deny its referring character. On this basis, we will conclude that the claim that orbitals do not exist relies on a metaphysical reductionism which, if consistently sustained, would lead to consequences clashing with the effective practice of science in its different branches.

Keywords

Orbital Wavefunction Molecular chemistry Quantum mechanics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CONICET, Universidad Nacional de QuilmesQuilmes, Buenos AiresArgentina
  2. 2.CONICET, Universidad de Buenos AiresBuenos AiresArgentina

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