Raffaele Pucci [3]R. Pucci [2]
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    Majorana: From Atomic and Molecular, to Nuclear Physics. [REVIEW]R. Pucci & G. G. N. Angilella - 2006 - Foundations of Physics 36 (10):1554-1572.
    In the centennial of Ettore Majorana’s birth (1906–1938?), we re-examine some aspects of his fundamental scientific production in atomic and molecular physics, including a not well known short communication. There, Majorana critically discusses Fermi’s solution of the celebrated Thomas–Fermi equation for electron screening in atoms and positive ions. We argue that some of Majorana’s seminal contributions in molecular physics already prelude to the idea of exchange interactions (or Heisenberg–Majorana forces) in his later works on theoretical nuclear physics. In all his (...)
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  2. Density functional theory, chemical reactivity, and the Fukui functions.R. Pucci & G. G. N. Angilella - 2022 - Foundations of Chemistry 24 (1):59-71.
    We review the early works which were precursors of the Conceptual Density Functional Theory. Starting from Thomas–Fermi approximation and from the exact formulation of Density Functional Theory by Hohenberg and Kohn’s theorem, we will introduce electronegativity and the theory of hard and soft acids and bases. We will also present a general introduction to the Fukui functions, and their relation with nucleophilicity and electrophilicity, with an emphasis towards the importance of these concepts for chemical reactivity.
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