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Mathematical Stereochemistry.


Mathematical Stereochemistry

Shinsaku Fujita

De Gruyter


437 pages




The author argues that modern stereochemistry is based on a set of terms that are not rooted in mathematical foundations and create confusion due to a misleading dichotomy between enantiomers and diastereomers; confusion of reflections with permutations; misleading concepts of stereogeneic units, chirality units, and pseudoasymmetric units; a misleading presumption of a single pair of chirality/achirality; and the misleading terms of stereoheterotopic, anatiotopic, and diastereotopic. To rectify this, he proposes a better set of terms for understanding mathematical stereochemistry and new approaches, and he discusses the classification of isomers, point-group symmetry, sphericities of orbits and prochirality, the foundations of enumeration under point groups, symmetry-itemized enumeration and gross enumeration under point groups, enumeration of alkanes as 3D structures, permutation-group symmetry, stereoisograms and RS-stereoisomers, stereoisograms for tetrahedral derivatives and allene derivatives, stereochemical nomenclature, pro-RS-stereogenicity based on orbits. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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