Shaping Space pp 153-170 | Cite as

Polyhedral Molecular Geometries



H.S.M. Coxeter has said that “the chief reason for studying regular polyhedra is still the same as in the times of the Pythagoreans, namely, that their symmetrical shapes appeal to one’s artistic sense.” The success of modern molecular chemistry affirms the validity of this statement; there is no doubt that aesthetic appeal has contributed to the rapid development of what could be termed polyhedral chemistry. The chemist Earl Muetterties movingly described his attraction to boron hydride chemistry, comparing it to Escher’s devotion to periodic drawings:


Lone Pair Electron Pair Valence Shell Regular Tetrahedron Regular Polyhedron 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Inorganic and Analytical ChemistryBudapest University of Technology and EconomicsBudapestHungary

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