crystals and life

Crystals and LifeThis heading corresponds to the title of the book that I published in 2002 by International University Line, Crystals and Life, subtitled 'A Personal Journey'.

This was my first attempt to communicate to a lay audience the basis of Macromolecular Crystallography from a personal perspective. The book is not, and never was intended to be, a textbook. Its purpose is to introduce the basis of crystallography using images and metaphors from the Arts. This I do believe firmly: the Sciences and the Arts are two critical components of the human endeavor through the ages and should be considered jointly. I do believe that these two components should be part of human culture on an equal basis. Granted that the sciences might be more difficult to grasp than the Arts for the non-scientist but nonetheless, I believe that an 'educated' person should be a person with knowledge in the two branches. This is what I intended to do with my modest book in the domain of macromolecular crystallography and structural biology. If you are interested in these themes, please, do read 'Crystals and Life', I would greatly appreciate your comments, suggestions and viewpoints if you care to send them to me using the e-mail addresses indicated in the contact tab.

Written by Cele Abad-Zapatero


Symmetry in Space and Time

Symmetry in Space and Time. Superposition of the Moorish symmetrical patterns in the palace of the Alhambra, Granada, Spain, with the first page of the musical score of Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Francisco Tarrega Eixea. The tile pattern is symmetry in space, frozen in time while the music represents symmetry in time as each measure of the score has the same time structure in the bass and treble registers for the guitar. The music copyright 1926 by Union Musical Espanola Editores. Madrid. International copyright secured. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission of Associated Music Publishers, Inc. (BMI).

Image at left copyright CAZ and International University Line (2002).

Wayne Hendrickson. Breathing Life into Crystals. Structure (2002). Vol. 10. pg. 1473.

Tom L. Blundell: Life is Enhanced by Crystal Gazing, Artistic Insights, and Musical Stimuli. Chemistry & Biology. (2003). Vol. 10: 299-300.

Review and Interview:
EL PAIS. Section. Futuro. April 16, 2003.

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