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Crystallography and the World of Symmetry

  • Sanat K. Chatterjee

Part of the Springer Series in Materials Science book series (SSMATERIALS, volume 113)

About this book

Introduction

Symmetry exists in realms from crystals to patterns, in external shapes of living or non-living objects, as well as in the fundamental particles and the physical laws that govern them. In fact, the search for this symmetry is the driving force for the discovery of many fundamental particles and the formulation of many physical laws. While one can not imagine a world which is absolutely symmetrical nor can one a world which is absolutely asymmetrical. These two aspects of nature are intermingled with each other inseparably. This is the basis of the existence of aperiodicity manifested in the liquid crystals and also quasi-crystals also discussed in Crystallography and the World of Symmetry.

Keywords

Condensed matter Materials science Natur crystallography physics

Authors and affiliations

  • Sanat K. Chatterjee
    • 1
  1. 1.Physics DepartmentNational Institute of TechnologyDurgapur West BengalIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-69899-9
  • Copyright Information Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-69898-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-69899-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0933-033X
  • Series Online ISSN 2196-2812
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