In "Seeing Unseen Beauty" from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 139, computer scientist and entrepreneur Christian Perwass, together with physicist Eckhard Hitzer invented a computer program to visualize microscopic symmetry of matter. It is the first time that abstract space symmetry of crystals can be explored with interactive animated three-dimensional graphics.
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