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Pasteur and the art of chirality

Louis Pasteur was a scientific giant of the nineteenth century, but, as Joseph Gal asks, was his most famous contribution to the understanding of chemistry — chirality — influenced more by his artistic talents?

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Figure 1: Altin Vercel.

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Figure 2: Pasteur's lithograph21 of Charles Chappuis.

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The author thanks the following individuals for valuable help: B. Hansen at the City University of New York; J. Seeman at the University of Richmond; and D. M. Weil at the University of Colorado.

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Gal, J. Pasteur and the art of chirality. Nature Chem 9, 604–605 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/nchem.2790

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