This memorandum provides an overview of the current situation and structure of crystallography in Germany and its future tasks and development opportunities. The first part (Chapters 1 to 3) contains a brief description of the development of the subject, its specific tasks in research and teaching, as well as its relations to the traditional “classical” neighbouring subjects of mineralogy, chemistry and physics. The second part (Chapters 4 to 8) describes newer fields of crystallography, which show the interdisciplinary position of the subject in the natural and materials sciences.
The Memorandum was written and published by the Wissenschaftskolleg Kristallographie of the German Society for Crystallography in 1990 and 1991.
Th. Hahn, Aachen, Germany
W. Bronger (Aachen), H.J. Bunge (Clausthal-Zellerfeld), H. Burzlaff (Erlangen), G. Ertl (Berlin), K. Fischer Saarbrücken), Th. Hahn (Aachen), S. Haussühl (Cologne), P. Paufler (Leipzig), W. Prandl (Tübingen), W. Saenger (Berlin), H. Schulz (Munich).