The American Crystallographic Association and its members, along with crystallographers from around the world, are planning exciting activities to commemorate the International Year of Crystallography 2014 (IYCr2014). IYCr2014 marks the centennial of X-ray diffraction, which allowed the detailed study of crystalline material. The celebration also highlights the 400th anniversary of Kepler’s 1611 observation of the symmetrical form of ice crystals, which began the wider study of the role of symmetry in matter. The movement aims to increase public awareness of the science of crystallography and how it underpins most technological developments in our modern society; to inspire young people; to illustrate the universality of science; and to advance international programs and collaborations.
Take a few moments to learn about crystallography by watching this brief video created especially for IYCr2014.