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What is the status of reducing chemistry to physics? I mean, to be able to derive the laws of chemistry from quantum physics.

From what I'm seeing online, it seems like this is considered possible in theory, but not in practice due to lack of computing power.

This feels like a huge gap in humanity's knowledge... I mean, I can understand not being able to reduce biology to chemistry, because we're dealing with billions of years of evolution. But reducing chemistry to physics is a purely mathematical problem isn't it?

Is there any ongoing project with the goal of reducing chemistry to physics?

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    This question doesn't seem to be about philosophy. It might fit under the history of science SE?
    – virmaior
    Jan 12 '16 at 0:23
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    I disagree; there's no way this is not a philosophy question. This is a central topic in philosophy of science, and discussed in many articles in the SEP. And I took nearly an entire course on it in a Philosophy department. What you might be missing is that the best example of that reduction was accomplished by a philosopher—Ernest Nagel, in *The Structure of Science*—not scientists. Historians of science would balk at the question. Jan 12 '16 at 0:37
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    @ChristopherE There was a long discussion of the fit issue for these kinds of questions on meta meta.philosophy.stackexchange.com/questions/3066/… and there is no consensus. As best as I can tell the issue with this question is that while the topic itself has a philosophical dimension the OP does not show sufficient awareness of it to focus the answers on philosophy, too much of elementary non-philosophical explaining will have to be done first. You may be able to fix it, but only by doing radical edit.
    – Conifold
    Jan 12 '16 at 1:11
  • Well, I understand the concern about taking on science questions, but I respectfully disagree again, that this is that kind of question. The question in the thread you link to asks for a science result. Here, the answer is about what philosophers have done, not what scientists have done. Nagel, a philosopher, reduced thermodynamics to statistical mechanics, at least with respect to his understanding of "reduction," and that was an important achievement in philosophy. One can answer this question referring only to philosophy journals. Jan 12 '16 at 2:05
  • Many many years ago (more than 40!) when I was in undergraduate university, my university had a requirement that all physics majors had to take 2 semesters of beginning chemistry. It was meant to be taken during your 1st year. What most people did, however, was take it in their senior year. It was extremely easy after 3 years of physics courses...no need to study. Jan 12 '16 at 10:30