Discovery of Diffraction of X-rays by Crystals


In 1912, Max von Laue discovered the diffraction of x-rays by crystals. This created means to characterize crystal structures and inspired W.H. Bragg and W.L Bragg in developing the theory of diffraction by crystals, providing insight into the effects of crystal structure on material properties.

A word about the original artwork: It was created by TMS’s David Rasel, who drew stylistic inspiration from the etchings in Georgius Agricola’s De Re Metallica. David’s mix of anachronism, whimsy, and technical/historical artistic license adds a memorable stamp to the proceedings.