Written at an introductory level, Mirror-image Symmetry provides an overview of the importance and consequences of asymmetry from the atomic and molecular world of physics and chemistry to the organisms and structures that we see in our macroscopic world. Rich with up-to-date examples and theories, the text's numerous drawings of chiral molecules help lend insight as to why nature may have "selected" on isomer over another and will inspire scientists in chemistry, biology, physics, and drug discovery in their syntheses of new compounds.
JAMES P. RIEHL received a BS degree in chemistry from Villanova University in 1970 and a PhD in physical chemistry from Purdue University in 1975. He is currently Dean of the Swenson College of Science and Engineering and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota Duluth, a position he has held since 2000. Dr. Riehl is a frequent invited speaker nationally and internationally on the topic of molecular chirality, and is the author of numerous research publications in the applications of optical spectroscopy to the study of chiral structures. He was the recipient of the St. Louis Award of the American Chemical Society for his outstanding contributions to the chemistry profession, and currently holds a University of Minnesota McKnight Presidential Leadership Chair.