In chemistry, bonding, as compared to debonding, refers to the process of bond formation; the field particle exchange (see: exchange force) or interaction that brings about the realization of a bound state.

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“The Hauptmann [Captain] is invited to join Eduard and Ottilie; and it is the resulting threesome that one evening discusses the notion of ‘Wahlverwandtschaften’ (elective affinities), processes of bonding and rebonding in chemistry. At issue is the possibility that a particular compound can be fractured by the appearance of a third substance which then bonds with one of the previously conjoined substances—almost as though some kind of choice were being exercised. At one level, the discussion amongst the three friends genuinely does concern recently discovered chemical processes. At another level, the characters ceaselessly make metaphorical links between the behavior of chemical substances on the one hand and the chemistry of human attraction on the other. And, as soon as one formulated the matter in this way, in terms of ‘human chemistry’, one asks oneself whether this, too, is a literal or metaphorical statement. Are men and women subject to the same laws of material reality in the same way as chemical substances are? If so, what is the force of ‘Sitten und Gesetze’ [customs and laws] in the human sphere?”
Martin Swales (2002), Reading Goethe (co-author: Erika Swales) (pg. 73) [1]

1. Swales, Martin and Swales, Erika. (2002). Reading Goethe: a Critical Introduction to the Literary Work (pg. 73). Camden House.

Further reading
● Thims, Libb. (2007). Human Chemistry (Volume One) (pdf) (bonding, 6+ pgs). Morrisville, NC: LuLu.
● Thims, Libb. (2007). Human Chemistry (Volume Two) (bonding, 6+ pgs). Morrisville, NC: LuLu.

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