SHAPES AND ENERGIES: LOVE AND HATE AMONG THE ATOMS

November 1, 2009 § Leave a comment

Nov_09

Molecules have shapes, and their geometries determine ultimately their every chemical, physical and biological property. Tiny electrons, scooting around the much bulkier atoms, and governed by the lovely logic of quantum mechanics, actually tell those big guys how to arrange themselves.

An expert on la liaison chimique, Odile Eisenstein of the University of Montpellier, France, takes us by the hand into the world of molecular shapes, from the simple tetrahedron of methane to the less intuitive world of molecules containing metal atoms. Gerard Parkin, who is rumored to make a living studying such molecules, will do some non-electronic magic. And making shapes, exploring different forms of holding energy together, sometimes in “nonintuitive” ways, will also be expressed in the music of Todd Capp and his quartet (Todd, Bryan Eubanks, Andrew Lafkas, and Joe Giardullo).

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