Crystals: animal, vegetable or mineral?

  title={Crystals: animal, vegetable or mineral?},
  author={Stephen T. Hyde},
  journal={Interface Focus},
  • S. Hyde
  • Published 6 August 2015
  • Physics
  • Interface Focus
The morphologies of biological materials, from body shapes to membranes within cells, are typically curvaceous and flexible, in contrast to the angular, facetted shapes of inorganic matter. An alternative dichotomy has it that biomolecules typically assemble into aperiodic structures in vivo, in contrast to inorganic crystals. This paper explores the evolution of our understanding of structures across the spectrum of materials, from living to inanimate, driven by those naive beliefs, with… 

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