Shechtman’s Three Question Marks: Possibility, Impossibility, and Quasicrystals

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The revolutionary discovery of actual quasicrystals, thanks to Dan Shechtman’s stamina, is a golden opportunity to analyze once again the role that individual pure (“theoretical”) possibilities and saving them plays in scientific progress. Some theoreticians, primarily Alan Mackay, contributed to saving individual pure possibilities of quasicrystalline structures and to opening materials science for them. My analysis rests upon panenmentalism, which I introduced in 1999, quite independently of any familiarity with modern crystallography, and which deals with saving individual pure possibilities as indispensably contributing, inter alia, to our knowledge and sciences.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSynthese Library
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 2020

Publication series

NameSynthese Library
ISSN (Print)0166-6991
ISSN (Electronic)2542-8292

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© 2020, Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • History
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Logic


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