Crystallography is a vital field that underlies much research in chemistry and materials science, and has played a central role in molecular biology. Mike Glazer shows how scientists have used X-ray diffraction to probe the structure of molecules, and discusses the results of our deeper understanding of the nature of chemical bonds.
- Introduces the field of crystallography, and explains its basic concepts
- Gives an outline of the historical development of crystallography, and its key role in the early days of molecular biology
- Describes recent advances, and the importance of crystallography in the modern world in areas such as genetics and pharmaceuticals
- Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over seven million copies sold worldwide
About the Author(s)
A. M. Glazer, Emeritus Professor of Physics Oxford, Emeritus Fellow of Jesus College Oxford, Visiting Professor University of Warwick
Mike Glazer is Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford and Visiting Professor at the University of Warwick. Originally trained as a chemist at the University of St. Andrews, he was one of the last research students of Professor Dame Kathleen Lonsdale, who had originally been a student of Sir William Henry Bragg. He was invited to the Cavendish Laboratory Cambridge by Dr. Helen D. Megaw to work on the structures of an important class of materials
known as perovskites, and his classification of tilting of octahedra in these compounds has become internationally accepted. After seven years in Cambridge he was appointed as Lecturer in Physics in Oxford and Official fellow and Tutor in Physics at Jesus College Oxford. From 1996-2000 he was President of the British Crystallographic Association. He was for many years Editor in Chief of the Journal of Applied Crystallography and in 2014 he was elected Vice President of the International Union of Crystallography.
"highly recommended as a starter reference on crystallography for general readers with a scientific bent. The book combines scientific rigour and moderate entertainment value in a brief and affordable format." - John D. Clayton, Contemporary Physics
"The merits of this book are that it is extremely concise and compact, yet precise and complete; it is written in a very pleasant and clear way; and it mixes history, anecdotes, theory and examples in a well-blended recipe. It is easy to read and the concepts flow naturally, and you arrive to the end with the impression of a birds eye view on all what you need to know about crystallography." - Crystallography Reviews
"This book is an excellent account of the science behind the study and understanding of crystals." - John Nicholson, Chemistry and Industry
"Explaining in 144 pages just what crystallography is, how it originated and developed, and in what fields it has been put to use, this new VSI volume superbly embodies the purpose of the Very Short Introductions series." - The Well-Read Naturalist
"for anyone layperson or technicianwho would like to know what crystallography is all about, this is the book to read." - Optics and Photonics
"The author of this book should write so many more books, what a good read! The illustrations were informative and clear and the writing was not only informative, but there was also a distinct sense of humor. I would highly recommend this to anyone working with or interested in crystallography or XRD." - Emily, Amazon Review