Physical chemistry: The loss of certainty

  • Barry W. Ninham
Conference paper
Part of the Progress in Colloid and Polymer Science book series (PROGCOLLOID, volume 120)


The explosion of knowledge in the biological and biochemical sciences would not have been possible without the techniques of the physical sciences; however, the theoretical framework of physical chemistry has been largely irrelevant to that progress. The situation poses a philosophical dilemma, the physical and biological sciences remaining disjoint. A case is made that the puzzle will be resolved if it be recognised that the present framework is deeply flawed. Emerging theories in physical chemistry that correct present inadequacies lead to the hope that the barriers will disappear.


Dispersion Force Casimir Force Molecular Force Anion Adsorption Colloid Science 
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  • Barry W. Ninham
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  1. 1.Department of Applied Mathematics, Research School of Physical SciencesAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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