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ThrillSurgeon t1_jc1klt3 wrote

Materials have purpose?


arcosapphire t1_jc21152 wrote

I was wondering about that weird phrasing too, but it makes more sense in context:

> particularly in chemistry and biology where it can be used to understand the structure and purpose of materials, allowing us to design better chemicals, drugs and so on.

Although of course there is still no fundamental purpose, it's a good shorthand especially in biology for "the role this plays in a complex system".