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Have Orbitals Really Been Observed?

Scerri, Eric R. (2000) Have Orbitals Really Been Observed? UNSPECIFIED.

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    Abstract

    The article disputes the recent claim featured in "Nature" magazine and many other science magazines to the effect that atomic orbitals have been observed for the first time. The claim is incorrect in view of the unconvincing nature of the evidence adduced and since atomic orbitals are deemed unobservable in principle by quantum mechanics. In addition, the possible educational drawbacks of this incorrect claim are discussed.


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    Item Type: Other
    Keywords: quantum chemistry, chemistry, atomic orbitals, realism, anti-realism, observation
    Subjects: General Issues > Rhetoric of Science
    Depositing User: Eric Scerri
    Date Deposited: 06 May 2001
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:10
    Item ID: 228
    Public Domain: No
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/228

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