A new edition of any book presents an opportunity which an author welcomes for several
reasons. It is a chance to respond to constructive criticisms of the previous edition which he
thinks are valid. New material can be introduced which may be useful to teachers and
students in the light of the way the subject, and the teaching of the subject, has developed in
the intervening years. Last, and certainly not least, there is an opportunity to correct any
errors which had escaped the author’s notice....
The Series ‘Topics in Molecular Organization and Engineering’ was initiated by
the Symposium ‘Molecules in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology’, which was held
in Paris in 1986. Appropriately dedicated to Professor Raymond Daudel, the
symposium was both broad in its scope and penetrating in its detail. The sections
of the symposium were: 1. The Concept of a Molecule; 2. Statics and Dynamics
of Isolated Molecules; 3. Molecular Interactions, Aggregates and Materials; 4.
Molecules in the Biological Sciences, and 5. Molecules in Neurobiology and So-
Silicateins are unique enzymes of sponges (phylum Porifera) that template
and catalyze the polymerization of nanoscale silicate to siliceous skeletal
elements. These multifunctional spicules are often elaborately shaped, with
Few of us can any longer keep up with the flood of scientific literature, even
in specialized subfields. Any attempt to do more and be broadly educated
with respect to a large domain of science has the appearance of tilting at
windmills. Yet the synthesis of ideas drawn from different subjects into new,
powerful, general concepts is as valuable as ever, and the desire to remain
educated persists in all scientists.