The phenomenon of chirality occurs in many disciplines of natural sciences, such as elementary particle physics, the chemistry of molecules, biopolymers and crystals, pharmacology, biology (snails, winding plants), and medicine (handedness). While review articles are widely available for most of these fields and written for the respective experts, this book offers an interdisciplinary comprehensive treatment of chirality, spanning a number of fields. Ten scientists describe the present state of the art in different fields and the book traces biomolecular homochirality back to the chirality of elementary particles in atomic nuclei. The authors aim to present chemistry for physicists and physics for chemists. This monograph on chemistry, physics, pharmacology, biology and medicine is intended for libraries, industry, scientists and students.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG