An excerpt from an OUPblog article published on Friday 27th May 2016, written by A.M. Glazer author of Crystallography: A Very Short Introduction.
'Walking home from school at about the age of seven or eight I picked up a pebble and dashed it to the ground. It split into two and I saw that inside was a series of coloured bands. Thus begun my lifelong fascination with the world of crystals, and this led eventually to having the opportunity to work professionally in this field. Many years ago I used to have my occupation ‘crystallographer’ on my passport: this often meant a long and sometimes tedious discussion with airport immigration officials. Eventually I changed it to ‘physicist’ as then I didn’t have to explain myself.
So, what is crystallography?'
Discover more: Read the rest of the article on the OUPblog.