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Lecture

Colloquium Ehrenfestii: The second kind of impossible

Date
22 May 2019
Time
Location
Oort
Niels Bohrweg 2
2333 CA Leiden
Room
De Sitterzaal

The second kind of impossible

Quasicrystals are exotic forms of matter with symmetries that were once thought to be mathematically impossible. The first known examples were synthesized in the laboratory over 35 years ago, but could Nature have beaten us to the punch? This talk will describe the decades-long search to answer this question, resulting in one of the strangest scientific stories you are ever likely to hear.

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