Seeing Things in a Different Light
Friday Evening Discourse with Stephen Curry
About this video
How X-ray crystallography revealed the structure of everything
X-Ray Crystallography might seem like an obscure, even unheard of field of research; however structural analysis has played a part in almost every major scientific field since its discovery 100 years ago by William Henry, and William Lawrence Bragg.
In this Friday Evening Discourse at the Royal Institution, Professor Stephen Curry charts the discovery and development of this extraordinary technique, starting with a simple explanation of diffraction, moving through the integral work of the Braggs, and ending with the cutting edge uses that X-Ray Crystallography has found in the modern world.
This film is part of the Crystallography Collection: a series of short films produced by the Ri Channel, with the support of STFC, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the discovery of X-Ray Crystallography by the Braggs.
The year 2014 is also the UN International Year of Crystallography.
You can also listen to the audio from the event below, including an extra fifteen minutes of audience Q&A:
Plus, read Stephen Curry's blog post about the event.
- Professor Stephen Curry
- Royal Institution, London
- Filmed in:
- The Theatre
- Collections with this video:
- The Crystallography Collection, Ri Talks