I will explain what DFT is, why it works, and why it is a standard practical
approach to electronic structure problems. Useful references include a review
for anyone with a background in quantum mechanics and recorded CECAM lectures on the theoretical underpinnings.
 DFT in a nutshell Kieron Burke, Lucas O. Wagner, Int. J. Quant. Chem. 113, 96-101 (2013)
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