Bradley D. Proffit’s favorite structure is:

Icosahedral Quasicrystals




Quasicrystals like these have long-range order but not translational symmetry, and in that way — to me — each tiny grain of every crystal reflects the entire universe. By showing that chance, coincidence, and beauty can all culminate between chemistry, optics, and even theoretical physics in one single crystal, I'm reminded of the oneness scientific pursuits give us in life. That's why we're here! Between a tiny crystal and the entire universe, the same principles are naked to our curious minds… that's why icosahedral quasicrystals are my favorite X-ray crystal structure.—Bradley D. Proffit

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