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11-04. Graphite#7.

Op-art graphite.

All I had to work with for this visualization was a two carbon atoms cell.
And then the strange symmetrical beauty of the crystal took over….

from a resource by Lipson H, Stokes A R

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11-03. Graphite#6.

Ver timely. I was tempted to use this visualization as a mask for Halloween! A very unexpected arrangement of a graphite crystal made of 36 atoms, 36 bonds, 12 polyhedra.

From a resource by O. Hassel

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11-02. Graphite#5.

What went wrong?

How comes such beautiful crystal, such pleasant and well-balanced symmetry can turn into such an unappealing mineral. In my 52 weeks journey, this is the first mineral I feel sorry for. I guess Nature has its way of doing things that are sometimes incomprehensible to us. I still like the shape of its crystal though!

From a resource by Trucano & Chen.

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11-01. Graphite#4.

I’m struggling with the concepts of aesthetic, beauty and symmetry!

Here is a crystal with an elegant design, a well-balanced symmetry, a rational and solid positioning of the atoms within the structure – and yet the outcome is a dull grey little powder that barely reflects light or color.

Could it be that mathematical beauty exists in an abstract world we created for ourselves and that Nature shows us differently? Graphite could be a good example of this dichotomy.

The question then is how do we reconcile our idea of beauty with what’s the real world is made of – and find a meaningful aesthetic outcome in doing so?

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