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Issue Date: January 29, 2007

History of Chemistry

Chemical Bonding's Venerable Past
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The concept of the chemical bond has been around since the days when chemistry still was considered magic, and it continued to be a point of interest in the 17th century when chemistry was evolving into a scientific discipline. But the "electronic structure revolution" leading to the current descriptions of chemical bonding began only 90 years ago, notes chemistry professor Sason Shaik of Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

It was then that Gilbert N. . . .

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