Ira N. Levine received his Ph.D. in General Chemistry from Harvard University in 1963. He specializes in both physical and quantum chemistry. Currently, he is a professor at the City University of New York, Brooklyn College.
writen by a teacher, with a great teaching art. As a beginner ( satellite engineer) , it provides me a clear first understanding of how atomic & molecular waves functions are computed. I appreciate the approach, very oriented to understanding the computation aspects. I agree that symmetry introduction should be more developped. References are systematically documented (in the text). Gives me understanding of "basic" explanations which are usually only shortly referenced in many other chemistry books I open.
quantum chemistry a special field of the quantum-mechanical theory has always been a very tricky course for all the chemistry students around the world, because of the demanding mathematical background they have to possess in order to comprehend the extremely difficult concepts and applications of the best - up to now - theory we have to understand phenomena at the atomic and molecular level. This textbook is the best i know in the field because Pf. Ira Levine provides the necessary Maths in a really instructive way which chemists will appreciate with a great relief! All the mathematics they will need is contained in this book so they won't have to study it from a different sourse , wasting time and getting disappointed! On the other hand, the order of the chapters is excellent and the problems at the end of each chapter solidify your understanding of what you have already read during the chapter. There are also answers to selected problems at the end of the book I higly recommend this textbook to all the chemists who would love to really understand Quantum Chemistry!
Want to know more about Quantum Mechanics? Then this is not the book for you. This book is about Quantum Chemistry!!! It's about SCF, MINDO, INDO and other alien-sounding acronyms. Buy this book only if you wish to know what goes on behind these ubiquitous GAUSSIAN and other computational chemistry softwares.
Although the book presents a deep exposition of the subject the want for clarity is almost overwhelming. Not many pictures and the extensive use of Dirac's notation makes it dense and a bit dull to read especially at the undergraduate level. This is in stark contrast with the author's excellent book 'Physical Chemistry'. The older and classic books explain things much better imho. This review refers to the 4th edition.
This is the best introductory book for learning Quantum Chemistry.Especially for those who are not particularly mathematically inclined,or even for those who are, this book is simply great.It starts with an introduction to the Schrodinger's equation.The most important fact is that, after this introduction, the author leads us through a range of wide topics in which the mathematical preliminaries are first explained.Whether it is differential equations or power series solutions, the author carefully guides you through everything.That makes the book self contained.Further on, there's a wonderful chapter on Angular Momentum.In later chapters,we get a very good introduction to most of the important approximation methods and other computational methods used in modern Quantum Chemistry.This includes the variational method, perturbation theory, Hartree-Fock methods,and an enlightening chapter on the Feynman-Hellman theorem.The book ends with a look at computational methods like GAUSSIAN programs which are used routinely today in electronic structure calculations. I would very strongly recommend the book to anyone who is interested in learning what molecular structure is about.