Symmetry pp 317-349 | Cite as


Morphological and functional symmetry breakings


Alice’s worries about the gastronomic value of Looking-glass milk were not so unfounded, after all! Taking a look into the microworld of the physical structure of matter, we can have been convinced that the world is fundamentally not mirror symmetric. Before we begin to judge the consequences of this, let us also take a look at the physical processes. Events in the material world tend towards lessening differences. A hot and a cold body that touch each other are not going to interact in such a way that the colder gives heat to the hotter one and cools down even further, while the hotter one takes on heat and heats up even more. The majority of physical processes have a direction, and this direction cannot be reversed.


Symmetry Breaking Tartaric Acid Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking Living Matter Enantiomer Pair 
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