Paolo Radaelli

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Paolo Radaelli

Dr Lee`s Professor of Experimental Philosophy

I hold the post of Dr Lee’s Professor of Experimental Philosophy at the Clarendon Laboratory, and I am a Professorial Fellow at Wadham College. In September 2017, I stepped down from being Head of Condensed Matter Physics and Associate Head of the Department of Physics, and I am currently on sabbatical at the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter in Hamburg, Germany. Following a Laurea degree at the Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy and a PhD at the Illinois Institute of Technology, I held posts at the Argonne National Laboratory (USA), the CNRS and the Institute Laue–Langevin in Grenoble (France) and the ISIS Facility at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. Here is a link to my CV (updated Dec 2020) and Publication List (updated Dec 2020) .

Have a look at my book on Symmetry in Crystallography, published by OUP.

My main interest is the study of transition metal oxides displaying novel physical phenomena, such as high-temperature superconductivity, “colossal” magneto-resistance or multiferroics behaviour, with the potential of device applications. You can find my main research achievements to date at this link). (references numbers refer to my publication list)).

  • A fresh and unconventional approach to teaching crystallographic symmetry
  • Easy to follow step-by-step approach
  • Rigorous presentation that is nonetheless very appealing
  • Thousands of people use the Iinternational Tables of Crystallography without fully understanding them: this book fills an important gap

This book presents the reader with a fresh and unconventional approach to teaching crystallographic symmetry. Whereas traditional crystallography textbooks make a heavy use of algebra and rapidly become very technical, this book adopts in the first few chapters a 'pictorial' approach based on the symmetry diagrams of the International Tables for Crystallography. Readers are led step-by-step through simple 'frieze' and 'wallpaper' patterns, with many examples from the visual arts. At the end of chapter 3 they should be able to identify and analyse all these simple symmetries and apply to them the nomenclature and symbols of the International Tables. Mathematical formalism is introduced later on in the book, and by that time the reader will have gained a solid intuitive grasp of the subject matter. This book will provide graduate students, advanced undergraduate students and practitioners in physics, chemistry, earth sciences and structural biology with a solid foundation to master the International Tables of Crystallography, and to understand the relevant literature.

Readership: Graduate students in a variety of fields employing crystallography as a primary or secondary tool: physics, chemistry, earth science, structural biology etc. Also undergraduate students taking advanced courses in symmetry or crystallography, and research scientists and academics that have used crystallographic techniques and would like to gain a greater insight into the underlying symmetry