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The Structure Lacuna
Unit for Advanced Scholarship, University of Pretoria, Lynnwood Road, Pretoria 0002, South Africa
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; in revised form: 10 July 2012 / Accepted: 12 July 2012 / Published: 20 July 2012
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
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Boeyens, J.C.; Levendis, D.C. The Structure Lacuna. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2012, 13, 9081-9096.
Boeyens JC, Levendis DC. The Structure Lacuna. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2012; 13(7):9081-9096.
Boeyens, Jan C.A.; Levendis, Demetrius C. 2012. "The Structure Lacuna." Int. J. Mol. Sci. 13, no. 7: 9081-9096.