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. . . But I must speak again about crystals, shapes, colors. There are crystals as huge as the colonnade of a cathedral, soft as mould, prickly as thorns; pure, azure, green, like nothing else in the world, fiery black; mathematically exact, complete, like constructions by crazy, capricious scientists, or reminiscent of the liver, the heart . . . There are crystal grottos, monstrous bubbles of mineral mass, there is fermentation, fusion, growth of minerals, architecture and engineering art ... Even in human life there is a hidden force towards crystallization. Egypt crystallizes in pyramids and obelisks, Greece in columns; the middle ages in vials; London in grinny cubes . . . Like secret mathematical flashes of lightning the countless laws of construction penetrate the matter. To equal nature it is necessary to be mathematically and geometrically exact. Number and phantasy, law and abundance—these are the living, creative strengths of nature; not to sit under a green tree but to create crystals and to form ideas, that is what it means to be at one with nature!

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Coordination Number Rock Salt Close Packing Molecular Crystal Molecular Packing 
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