The Notion of Asymmetry


MODERN refinements in our ideas of atomic and molecular structure at once demand a more precise definition of what exactly is meant by molecular asymmetry. Whether this asymmetry be due to certain groupings around a particular atom, or to the structure of the molecule as a whole, such physical properties as optical activity or enantiomorphism must ultimately be shown to be definitely related to the electronic and nuclear arrangements in the molecule itself.

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IREDALE, T. The Notion of Asymmetry. Nature 109, 779 (1922).

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