The English version of this book has been prepared based on the author’s translation, with a few modifications, of the Japanese version (2003; Kyoritsu Publishing Co.). The main purpose is to treat the subject of perfection and variability of crystal forms in the mineral kingdom based on the laws of symmetry and the conditions and mechanisms of crystal growth. The monograph includes 14 chapters incorporated in two parts: Part I covers Fundamental Concepts (chapters 1– 8, 163 pages), and Part II covers Application to Complicated and Complex Systems; Case Studies (chapters 9–14, 112 pages). After each chapter, the author cites...

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