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SHECHTMAN, Daniel, et al.

Metallic Phase with Long-Range Orientational Order and No Translational Symmetry.

[In] Physical Review Letters Volume 53, Number 20. 12 November, 1984. [Together with] LEVINE, Don, & Paul Joseph Steinhardt. Quasicrystals: A New Class of Ordered Structures. [In] Physical Review Letters Volume 53, Number 26. 24 December, 1984.

Published: New York: The American Physical Society, 1984

Stock code: 86384

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First editions, first impressions of the paper announcing the discovery of quasi-crystals by Daniel Shechtman and the follow-up paper that confirmed his results. Chemist Daniel Shechtman (1941– ) of the Israel Institute of Technology was spending a sabbatical at Johns Hopkins University during the early 1980s when he discovered quasiperiodic crystals, which are ordered but not periodic, a chemical structure previously believed to be impossible. “Shechtman’s results were so out of the ordinary that, even after he had checked his findings several times, it took two years for his work to get published in a peer-reviewed journal. Once it appeared, he says, ‘all hell broke loose'” (Guardian interview, January 6, 2013). Though other scientists quickly replicated his research, Shechtman was forced out of his research group and found himself in the cross-hairs of the eminent Linus Pauling, who spent years on the attack, even announcing at a conference that “Danny Shechtman is talking nonsense, there are no quasi-crystals, just quasi-scientists” (Guardian interview). Shechtman, however, had the last laugh, winning the 2011 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his discovery, which is already revolutionising the field of materials science.

2 volumes, octavo. Original green wrappers printed in black. Housed in a dark brown morocco folding case. A little minor creasing to corner of volume II. A superb, fresh set.

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