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quasicrystal pattern

AN ELEGANT ASYMMETRY  The atoms in a quasicrystal are arranged something like the tiles in this pattern: They form shapes that have order but no repetition. Paul Steinhardt studied such tiling patterns to understand how quasicrystals could be constructed.

P. Steinhardt

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