Wednesday, September 22, 2010

reflections on chirality

In my occasional series on all things chiral, here's a racemic boathouse:

Just to confuse people, they have put a right-handed staircase (i.e. like an ordinary screw it moves forward if you turn clockwise) on the left of the building, and a left-handed one on the right. If the reflection in the water had been clear enough, you would see a left-handed reflection on the left and a right handed one on the right.

This is one (or maybe two?) of the college boathouses lined up along the river Thames, between the two main channels of the river Cherwell. There is another one next door to this built to the same design.

I also added six other new Oxford photos to my flickr photostream today.

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