In this second volume of the Mineralogical Society’s ‘Landmark’ series, Prof. Frank Hawthorne has selected a number of key papers, some of which are true milestones of mineralogy and crystallography, showing the acceleration of research and the increase in knowledge in the field of crystal-chemistry. The papers follow in chronological sequence, allowing the reader to see how crystallography and, particularly, mineralogy have evolved during the last 80 years. He has chosen the papers on the basis of three related aspects: (a) the nature of chemical bonds, and (b) their relation to bond topology, leading to (c) the prediction of bond...

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