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Generalized crystallography

By Alan L. Mackay

Abstract

X-ray crystal structure analysis can now be seen as a special kind of microscopy which is being extended to the recognition and examination of many kinds of ordered structure more general than crystals and which leads to their synthesis or construction by various methods. Electron microscopy and many other techniques now combine to give a coherent science of structure at the scale range of Ångstroms to microns, atoms to assemblies visible to the eye, which should continue to be called crystallography although it overlaps with nanotechnology, molecular biology, and solid state physics. Most generally, a crystal is a structure the description of which is much smaller than the structure itself and this view leads to the consideration of structures as carriers of information and on to wider concerns with growth, form, morphogenesis, and life itself

Topics: bcs
Publisher: Springer
Year: 2002
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.bbk.ac.uk.oai2:286

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