Foundations of Chemistry

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 117–132 | Cite as

... hasn't it? A commentary on Eric Scerri's Paper ``Has Quantum Mechanics Explained the Periodic Table?''

  • Bretislav Friedrich

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bretislav Friedrich
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, and Department of PhysicsHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA and
  2. 2.Department of Molcular PhysicsFritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck SocietyBerlinGermany

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