The second German edition of Werner Massa’s crystallography textbook appears in English for the first time, in a highly readable and lucid translation by Robert Gould of Edinburgh University.

This book presents a high level and quite specific treatment of crystallography, aimed at advanced students or researchers who wish to learn more about what lies beyond automated ‘black box’ laboratory techniques. Essentially, the book is in two parts: a general introduction to crystallography and single-crystal X-ray diffraction in particular (i.e. data acquisition), followed by more detailed chapters on processing diffraction data in order to ‘solve’ a crystal structure.

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