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Generalized crystallography

Mackay, Alan L. (2002) Generalized crystallography. Structural Chemistry 13 (3-4), pp. 215-220. ISSN 1040-0400.


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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.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Crystallography, hierarchy, morphogenesis, microscopy, information
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Biological Sciences
Depositing User: Sandra Plummer
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2005
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:32

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