







Fundamental
investigations of candidate materials for applications in magnetic
and electronic devices are inherently interdisciplinary, requiring
team work among investigators from different disciplines and requiring
the individual investigator to be conversant with concepts and methodologies
in several fields. Recent findings and progress in the solid state
chemistry of magnetic and electronic materials were discussed with
emphasis on the role of mathematical models. For example, the convenience
of rigorous mathematical methods in calculating crystalline fields
and understanding the colors of certain classes of solids were presented.



