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By Alan L. Mackay (auth.), J.-C. Tolédano (eds.)

Distinct clinical groups tend to be inquisitive about the 3 fields of quasi-crystals, of liquid crystals, and of platforms having modulated crystalline constructions. besides the fact that, in recent times, there was a starting to be feeling variety of universal difficulties have been encountered within the 3 fields. those contain the necessity to recur to "exotic" areas for describing the kind of order of the atomic or molecular configurations of those platforms (Euclidian "superspaces" of dimensions more than three, or four-dimensional curved spaces); the popularity that one has to accommodate geometrically pissed off platforms, and likewise the occurence of particular excitations (static or dynamic) due to the continual degeneracies of the good buildings thought of. within the view of discussing those difficulties, aNA TO-Advance learn Workshop has assembled in Preveza (Greece), in september 1989,50 specialists of the 3 thought of fields (with an equivalent percentage of theorists and experimentalists). 35 hours of meetings and discussions have resulted in a extra unique review of the similarities and of the diversities within the ways carried out within the reviews of the 3 forms of platforms. The papers contained during this NATO-series publication give you the substance of this workshop. The reader will locate 3 kinds of papers. a few very brief papers giving the most rules acknowledged on a topic. Papers comprising 8-10 pages which stick heavily to the contents of the talks provided. Longer papers delivering extra largely the heritage and effects relative to a given subject. it's worthy summarizing the valuable outputs of the workshop.

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