The Origin of Handedness
Some physical realities such as fluid vortices, certain molecular architectures, circularly polarized electromagnetic waves, screws and some crystalline patterns can exist in two geometric states that cannot be superimposed on their mirror images (see Fig. [5.1]). This property is known as handedness in reference to the word Open image in new window hand’. The word Open image in new window chirality’ (from the Greek word cheir meaning Open image in new window hand’) was first used by Lord Kelvin in 1893 and is more frequently used to describe the handedness of molecular architectures.
KeywordsMicroscopic Object Dust Devil Asymmetric Carbon Molecular Chirality Abiotic Synthesis
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