The author of this small book, A.M. Glazer, has been very active in crystallography for nearly 50 years. As would be expected given the wealth of experience, he has produced a
broad, well balanced, up-to-date and yet concise overview of crystallography. Topics covered vary from a geometric description of the structure of solids (both macroscopically and microscopically), important experimental techniques, and important applications such as the determination of the atomic structures of proteins. A historical commentary runs throughout the entire book.
To aid the non-crystallographer’s understanding, Glazer uses well-chosen examples, appropriate analogies and many sketches and photos. Consequently, for anyone— layperson or technician—who would like to know what crystallography is all about, this is the book to read.
Review by Albert C. Claus, Loyola University Chicago, USA

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