Crystal Geometry. I

  • M. F. C. Ladd
  • R. A. Palmer


Crystallography grew up as a branch of mineralogy, and involved mainly the recognition, description, and classification of naturally occurring crystal species. X-ray crystallography is a relatively new discipline, dating from the discovery in 1912 of the diffraction of X-rays by crystals. This year marked the beginning of the experimental determination of crystal structures. Figure 1.1 illustrates the structure of sodium chloride, which was among the first crystals to be studied by the new X-ray techniques.


Point Group Stereographic Projection Parametral Plane Miller Index Symmetry Operation 
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General and Historical Study of Crystallography

  1. Bragg, W. L., A General Survey (The Cyrstalline State, Vol. I), London, Bell (1949).Google Scholar
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Crystal Morphology and Stereographic Projection

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Crystal Symmetry and Point Groups

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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. F. C. Ladd
    • 1
  • R. A. Palmer
    • 2
  1. 1.University of SurreyGuildfordEngland
  2. 2.Birkbeck CollegeUniversity of LondonLondonEngland

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