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The molecule and its double

Author: Jean Jacques
Publisher: New York : McGraw-Hill, ©1993.
Series: McGraw-Hill horizons of science series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : English language edView all editions and formats
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Science is haunted by an enigma: Amino acids, which make up living matter, are able to exist, chemically speaking, in two forms, a left and a right, like our two hands, yet strangely enough they are all found to belong to the same "hand." Pasteur said that these natural molecules were "dissymmetrical." Another discovery has just reopened the question. The Universe itself, we find, is characterized by a decisive
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Jacques, Jean.
Molecule and its double.
New York : McGraw-Hill, ©1993
(OCoLC)624463333
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jean Jacques
ISBN: 0070323992 9780070323995
OCLC Number: 27726665
Language Note: Translation of: La Molécule et son double.
Notes: Translation of: La Molécule et son double.
Description: 128 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction / Dominique Lecourt --
I. Pasteur discovers "dissymmetry" Rotatory power. Tartaric acid and the mysterious racemic acid. Mitscherlich's fruitful error. Enter Pasteur. A second stroke of luck and genius. The discovery of racemization. A mistake of Pasteur's --
II. Asymmetric carbon and molecular chirality. Atoms and molecules in about 1850. Le Bel, van't Hoff and asymmetric carbon. Those who did not believe in atoms. Extension of the "Pasteur principle" Back to the crystal and the different varieties of racemic compounds. How can we describe and know absolute configurations? Propagating chirality --
III. Chirality and living things. Pasteur and molds. Biological receptors and chirality. Racemic drugs and chiral drugs. Life has a "direction."
Series Title: McGraw-Hill horizons of science series.
Other Titles: Molécule et son double.
Responsibility: Jean Jacques ; [translated by Lee Scanlon in collaboration with the Language Service, Inc.].

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Certain compounds, such as amino acids, the building blocks of living matter, exist in two forms, a left-handed and a right-handed, which are mirror images. This book offers a account of these  Read more...

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