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Through a Glass Darkly—Some Thoughts on Symmetry and Chemistry

Constable, Edwin C.. (2021) Through a Glass Darkly—Some Thoughts on Symmetry and Chemistry. Symmetry, 13 (10). p. 1891.

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Abstract

This article reviews the development of concepts of chirality in chemistry. The story follows the parallel development of the optical properties of materials and the understanding of chemical structure until the two are fused in the recognition of the tetrahedral carbon atom in 1874. The different types of chiral molecule that have been identified since the first concept of the asymmetric carbon atom are introduced as is the notation used in various disciplines of chemistry to describe the relative or absolute configuration. In the final section, a polemical case for a unified nomenclature is presented.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Chemie > Chemie > Anorganische Chemie (Constable)
UniBasel Contributors:Constable, Edwin Charles
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Further Journal Contribution
Publisher:MDPI
e-ISSN:2073-8994
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal item
Language:English
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Deposited On:10 Nov 2021 15:42

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