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Sound ideas

Authors
  1. Taras Gorishnyy
  2. Martin Maldovan
  3. Chaitanya Ullal
  4. Edwin Thomas
Published
December 2005
Page(s)
24–29
Article Type
Features

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Article summary

It is fascinating to think of the abstract beauty of crystals, with countless atoms occupying precise positions on a lattice and giving rise to perfect order and high levels of symmetry. Indeed, we need look no further than the brilliant appearance and extraordinary properties of many precious gems to witness the consequences of these precise atomic arrangements.