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The Architecture of the Solid State*

Nature volume 128, pages 210212 (08 August 1931) | Download Citation



A SOLID body is a mechanical system in equilibrium, an example of atomic engineering, with balance of stresses in the component parts. Analysis by X-ray methods, and more recently by those of electron diffraction, has given us a scale plan of its component parts. To what extent can we explain the way in which the atoms are arranged, and the properties of the body as a whole, by considering the forces which act between the atoms?

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