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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2010, 11(11), 4267-4284; doi:10.3390/ijms11114267
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A Molecular–Structure Hypothesis

Unit for Advanced Study, University of Pretoria, Lynnwood Road, Pretoria, South Africa
Received: 28 September 2010 / Revised: 25 October 2010 / Accepted: 25 October 2010 / Published: 1 November 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Molecular Symmetry)
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Abstract

The self-similar symmetry that occurs between atomic nuclei, biological growth structures, the solar system, globular clusters and spiral galaxies suggests that a similar pattern should characterize atomic and molecular structures. This possibility is explored in terms of the current molecular structure-hypothesis and its extension into four-dimensional space-time. It is concluded that a quantum molecule only has structure in four dimensions and that classical (Newtonian) structure, which occurs in three dimensions, cannot be simulated by quantum-chemical computation.
Keywords: molecular shape; self-similarity; golden mean; logarithmic spiral; hypercomplex number; quaternion; general covalence; fibonacci phyllotaxis; solar system; atomic structure; quantum potential; space-time topology molecular shape; self-similarity; golden mean; logarithmic spiral; hypercomplex number; quaternion; general covalence; fibonacci phyllotaxis; solar system; atomic structure; quantum potential; space-time topology
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