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Racheli: This is a heavy responsibility. Will I be the only interviewer? Sason: I think Usharani Dandamudi, my postdoc, will take over when you tire. And I have some surprises for you and the readers. There will be some more interviewees … REFERENCES AND NOTES [1] S. Shaik, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2003, 42, 3208. [2] F. Francks, Polywater, MIT Press, 1981. [3] P. Ball, Elegant Solutions: Ten Beautiful Experiments in Chemistry, The Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK, 2005, pp. 11–21. [4] Our “Click” word for making a bond should not be confused with the now popular “Click Chemistry,” which is reviewed in: M.

Chemistry as a Game of Molecular Construction: The Bond-Click Way, First Edition. Sason Shaik. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Published 2016 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1 2 MOLECULAR BLUES Sason: We are not really orphans … There is of course Marie Curie and others. But this aside, I am eager to start lecturing about the huge importance and beauty of chemistry. 2 THE UNIVERSAL ASPECT OF CHEMISTRY The term “chemistry” evokes immediately a buzz of words, like air and water pollution, ozone hole, chemical disasters, terrible stuff … In other words, the public image of chemistry is poor!

C) A molecule (an amino acid) with four different groups linked to a carbon atom resting on the left hand and “seeing” through the mirror the right hand, which is the mirror image of the left molecule. Like the two hands, these two molecules are non-superimposable. The molecules are “chiral,” that is, having “handedness,” and are therefore different. (The lady snail and her mirror image were designed by M. Michman and drawn by the artist Z. Cohen. Copyrighted by the author. The image containing the amino acids, which was created by NASA, was reused with modification.

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