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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2012, 13(7), 9081-9096; doi:10.3390/ijms13079081

The Structure Lacuna

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Unit for Advanced Scholarship, University of Pretoria, Lynnwood Road, Pretoria 0002, South Africa
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Molecular Sciences Institute, School of Chemistry, University of the Witwatersrand, Jan Smuts Avenue, Johannesburg 0001, South Africa
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Received: 6 June 2012 / Revised: 10 July 2012 / Accepted: 12 July 2012 / Published: 20 July 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Molecular Symmetry)
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Abstract

Molecular symmetry is intimately connected with the classical concept ofthree-dimensional molecular structure. In a non-classical theory of wave-like interactionin four-dimensional space-time, both of these concepts and traditional quantum mechanicslose their operational meaning, unless suitably modified. A required reformulation shouldemphasize the importance of four-dimensional effects like spin and the symmetry effects ofspace-time curvature that could lead to a fundamentally different understanding of molecularsymmetry and structure in terms of elementary number theory. Isolated single moleculeshave no characteristic shape and macro-biomolecules only develop robust three-dimensionalstructure in hydrophobic response to aqueous cellular media.
Keywords: golden ratio; molecular symmetry; spin function
golden ratio; molecular symmetry; spin function
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Boeyens, J.C.; Levendis, D.C. The Structure Lacuna. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2012, 13, 9081-9096.

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