Mineralogical Crystallography. EMU Notes in Mineralogy, Vol. 19 - Review

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Mineralogical Crystallography. EMU Notes in Mineralogy, Vol. 19 - Review

Messaggio da Marco E. Ciriotti » lun 25 giu, 2018 19:11

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▪ Nespolo, M. (2018): Review of: Jakub Plášil, Juraj Majzlan and Sergey Krivovichev (eds.) (2017) Mineralogical Crystallography. EMU Notes in Mineralogy, Vol. 19, European Mineralogical Union and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland: London. ISBN 978-0-903059-5, X, 258 pp., £ 55.00 (institutions) £ 40.00 (individuals). European Journal of Mineralogy, 30, (in press).

Crystallography originated from mineralogy and mineralogy could not have evolved from an empirical discipline to a comprehensive science without the mathematical and atomistic approach characteristic of crystallography. Yet, in many university curricula mineralogical crystallography is a shrinking intersection domain, like the end stage of a mitosis generating the two heterozygous disciplines. Indeed, with mineralogy trying to mutate in order to survive in a fashion-driven world which tends to consider it a heritage of the past, and crystallography victim of the success of automatic equipments and software packages, mineralogical crystallography does not get much of the spotlight. Reactions against this forgetfulness are ignited by the Special Interest Group No. 5 Mineral and Inorganic Crystallography of the European Crystallographic Association and of the Commission on Inorganic and Mineral Structures of the International Union of Crystallography, and signs of a renewed interest are arising. Among these, two special issues dedicated to the topic (Zeitschrift für Kristallographie, in press, Acta Crystallographica Section B, in preparation), a recent volume published by DeGruyter (Armbruster & Danisi, 2015) and Volume No. 19 of the EMU Notes in Mineralogy, reviewed here.
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