I can go with that. I like the “angle” angle.
Phase changing has my fascination as well. Things can exhibit entirely different behaviors depending on their level. I don’t care for when it gets analogized to evolution because it’s different from that. A phase change is akin to the behavior of crystals; geometrical patterns that “lock” in self-reinforcing relationships, strengthening each others position to stay right where they are, given internal energies vs external energies [temperature generally]
I sometimes wonder if the elements behave as they do more as a result of their structure – which can change shape depending on temperature, pressure, etc.
It would explain a lot about the ability for different elements to behave like each other under given structures.
I don’t have any ready examples; it’s something I was looking into about two years ago and was researching the effects of an low element (helium? hydrogen? I don’t remember) and how there were surprising properties that emerges under unique combinations of low temperature and high pressure that caused it to resemble something entirely unexpected.
Darned if I can remember what though.
It’s frustrating having the mental images available on-tap without the corresponding language to go with it or at least a few references for further research. But I haven’t looked into this in a while, so memory’s fuzzy on the details.
chirality – yeah. I worked for a pharmaceutical company for a few years and remember chirality from a molecular/patent level. The scientists there would take a working formula and they’re hurry up as fast as they could to find an equivalent molecule of other-handedness that provided the same functionality in order to create a new brand and extend their profit margin for another 7 years or whatever.
In my time it was Clartin –> Clartinex but I remember them doing others in that way.
It’s only somewhat related, in that the handedness of molecules is known but the handedness of things at a smaller/earlier times in history is less known.