An introduction to crystal analysis / by Sir William Bragg Bragg, William Henry, 1862-1942

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Bragg, William Henry, 1862-1942
"This book is founded on a course of lectures which was given at the University College, Aberystwyth, in the autumn of 1926. The lectures were intended for a general audience ; and consisted, accordingly, of a series of simple illustrations of the main features of crystal analysis. It would not have been possible to do more within the limits imposed by time and the circumstances. The treatment in this book is somewhat fuller and more varied than that of the lectures. I hope that the book may be of service to those who wish to understand the main principles of the new subject. Since V. Laue suggested the first experiments, and my son, W. Lawrence Bragg, showed that a new method of crystal analysis was now available, astonishing progress has been made. A record of the work done becomes a treatise, and a very technical treatise at that. I find that many of my friends, preoccupied with their own work, have been obliged to give up reading the stream of papers conveying accounts of new research. At the same time, it is more clear than ever, and I think the fact is generally recognised, that the crystalline state of materials is of importance to a great number of sciences. I have, therefore, tried to make clear the phraseology of the subject, both that which had already been adopted by the older crystallography and that which is now required by the introduction of the x-ray methods. I have also set out the main principles and the methods founded upon them ; and have proceeded to a certain number of examples of analysis. These will be found sufficient, I hope, to illustrate the powers of the subject, to give some idea of the direction in which it is advancing, and to make it possible to forecast future applications." -- preface, page v.
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