Their Role in Nature and in Science

1st Edition - January 1, 1964

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  • Author: Charles Bunn
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483224022

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Crystals: Their Role in Nature and in Science provides the description of the phenomena and concepts and essential facts and ideas in the study of crystals. The book is divided into two parts. Part 1 discusses the growth and various forms of crystals. Under this section, topics on the etymology of the word "crystal", the existence of crystals, how crystals grow, stacking patterns, and various crystal symmetries are presented. Part 2 covers the crystal structure and how it interacts with light and X-rays. This part discusses some strange light effects that some crystals make; the production of beautiful and scientifically significant color patterns; the possible types of space patterns in crystals; and the use of X-ray in finding the details of the internal atomic pattern of crystals. Crystallographers and laymen interested in the study and appreciation of crystals will find the book invaluable.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    Growth and Form

    Chapter 1 The Crystal Kingdom

    Chapter 2 Why Crystals Exist

    Chapter 3 How Crystals Grow

    I. The Birth of a Nucleus

    Chapter 4 How Crystals Grow

    II. Layer by Layer

    Chapter 5 Some Stacking Patterns and Their Growth Habits

    Chapter 6 Symphony of Shapes

    Chapter 7 Variations on Crystal Themes

    Chapter 8 Jewels

    Structure and Interaction with Light and X-rays

    Chapter 9 The Play of Light

    Chapter 10 Chromatic Fantasia

    Chapter 11 Through the Looking Glass

    Chapter 12 Patterns in Space

    Chapter 13 X-Ray Revelation: How Atomic Space-Patterns Are Discovered

    Chapter 14 The Crystals of the Chains of Life

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 296
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1964
  • Published: January 1, 1964
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483224022

About the Author

Charles Bunn

About the Editors

Henry Booker

D. Allan Bromley

Nicholas Declaris

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