Category Archives: Crystal Edges

The Gothic Rose Windows and the Meaning of Symmetry

I need to apologize to the reader for not having written anything during the last few months. They have been months of frantic traveling and activity in the professional front, related to the celebration of the IYCr2014 at the UNESCO

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Season’s Lament

The end of the holiday season is always a time for reflection and even more so when combined with the end of the year and the prospects for the new one. Ever since I became a resident of Lake Forest

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An eloquent statement about the importance of crystallography

As the year 2014 approaches, more and more institutions all over the world prepare to celebrate the International Year of Crystallography  (IYCr2014) with all kinds of activities and media to communicate to the lay public the importance of this obscure

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Honoring our Mathematical Methods Developers: Jorge Navaza craftsman of the FRF

The end result of the efforts of the crystallographic community is a set of Cartesian coordinates (x,y,z,  for each atom) that represent the arrangement of the atoms in the molecules inside the crystal.  These results have been stored since the

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Falling in Love with Mathematics and Crystallography

An op-ed article by Manil Suri (Professor of Mathematics, University of Maryland) in the New York Times on Monday, September 16 ( eloquently expresses the dismay of the author when he faces the shallow perception that the general public have

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Crystals: What is the Secret Underneath the Forms?

  In the vernacular usage, the word ‘crystal’ resonates with purity, perfection, transparency and even durability. In ‘crystalore’, crystals are supposed to have special properties to energize and heal people. These exceptional attributes of crystals are stretched to the limit

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‘Leaves of Crystals’ or ‘Crystals of Leaves’

On August 1999, crystallographers from all over the world met in Glasgow, Scotland for the XVIIIth International Congress of Crystallography sponsored by the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr). The IUCr is the international association of crystallographic societies that was formed

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A connection between Oriental Studies and Crystallography

An obituary in the New York Times published June 22, 2013 had a brief review of the life and societal contributions of Martin Gardiner Bernal (1937-2013) (, an Oriental studies scholar who taught Chinese history at Cornell University for thirty

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Celebrating the Magic of Crystals ( International Year of Crystallography 2014: IYCr2014)

April 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of an amazing modern science named ‘crystallography’. This is the scientific thread that originated with the description and analysis of those mysterious and amazing pieces of matter that were referred to

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