This year – 2014 – is the International Year of Crystallography.
The year-long event commemorates the centennial of X-ray diffraction, which allowed the detailed study of crystalline material.
It is also the 400th anniversary of Kepler’s observation in 1611 of the symmetrical form of ice crystals, which began the wider study of the role of symmetry in matter.
You won’t be surprised to hear that I’m a great supporter of campaigns to raise the profile of science and engineering, and I would like to congratulate the lead sponsor of the campaign – the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) – and their lead partner – UNESCO.
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