Sounds like a variant of distance geometry to me. The classic
Blumenthal, Theory and Applications of Distance Geometry, Chelsea
Publishing Company, Bronx, NY 1953 reprinted 1979. Out of print now.
A more recent reference is "Distance Geometry and Molecular
Conformation" by G.M. Crippen and T.F. Havel, Research Studies Press
Ltd., Taunton, Somerset, England. 1988. ISBN 0-86380-073-4. Printed
in the US by Wiley, Inc. ISBN 0-471-92061-4. US$142.00
I can supply a lot of journal article references (for instance, see
Bull. Math. Biol. 46(4): 1984 for an article by Havel and Wurthrich)
so contact me if more is needed.
dr. dan davison/dept. of biochemical and biophysical sciences/univ. of
Houston/4800 Calhoun/Houston,TX 77054-5500/davison at uh.edu/DAVISON at UHOU
"Mars is essentially in the same orbit...somewhat the same distance
from the sun, which is very important. We have seen pictures where
there are canals, we believe, and water. If there is water, that
means there is oxygen. If oxygen, that means we can breathe" -- Vice
President Dan Quayle, Head of the National Space Council, when
questioned on CNN about why America should send a mission to Mars.
[Houston Post, Sun. Nov. 19, pg. C-1].
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