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John Clarke Slater Papers
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"I published a paper with Jack Sherman on the calculation of some of these overlap
integrals with a simplification.... It's in The Nature of the Chemical Bond, the results are -- with a simplification of some sort; it's like taking Slater functions,
I don't know what it was, but actually evaluating the overlap integrals. Our conclusion
was that the bond strength function giving angular dependence alone is really pretty
good -- not perfect but pretty good."
Linus Pauling. AHQP (Archive for the History of Quantum Physics), interview transcript part 2. Interview
by John Heilbron. March 27, 1964.
"The theory of quantum mechanical resonance of molecules among several valence-bond
structures constituted a major addition to the classical structure of organic chemistry.
This theory was developed in the period from 1931 on by a number of investigators
including Slater, E. Huckel, G. W. Wheland and me."
Linus Pauling. "Fifty years of progress in structural chemistry and molecular biology," Daedalus, 99 (Fall 1970): 988-1014. 1970.
"Just as evolution is inseparably connected with Darwin (and not with Wallace, whose
paper on evolution prompted Darwin to write The Origin of Species), so too Pauling
and the chemical bond are tightly associated, and Slater's position, though important,
is secondary and supportive."
Robert J. Paradowski. The Structural Chemistry of Linus Pauling, pg. 333. 1972.
"One could say that Pauling's 'failure' was to plant a lot of seeds, basic ideas,
without working them out fully.... As soon as Slater gets an idea he works it out
to the end before he gets a new one. But that is also dangerous, of course because
you look at the trees and you don't see the forest...[Pauling] looks at the forest
and lets other people...work out the specific individual things in detail; he has
a terrifically lively intellect, reading [Pauling's] paper, the information here is
just tremendous, the ideas flow out of the pen, and there are several lifetimes of
work...to be done."
Sten Samson. Interviewed by Anthony Serafini for Linus Pauling: A Man and His Science. 1984.