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Single Idea 20651

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / F. Chemistry / 1. Chemistry]

Full Idea

Pauling showed that the architecture - the shape of molecules was relevant (as well as the bonds). This meant that molecules were just as important as atoms in the understanding of matter. Molecules were not just the sum of their parts.

Gist of Idea

The shape of molecules is important, as well as the atoms and their bonds


Peter Watson (Convergence [2016], 05 'Three')

Book Reference

Watson,Peter: 'Convergence' [Simon and Schuster 2016], p.152

A Reaction

If Aristotle struggled to understand matter, then so should modern philosophers. This involves thermodynamics and chemistry, as well as quantum theory.