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Dr. Michel Mitov Liquid-Crystal Science from 1888 to 1922: Building a Revolution ChemPhysChem 15

Version of Record online: 31 JAN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/cphc.201301064

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Amazement, doubt, controversy, struggle, and finally acceptance were the successive steps of liquid-crystals' history from 1888 to 1907. The recognition of the liquid-crystalline states of matter by the scientific community required more than two decades. This Essay looks back to the early years of liquid-crystal research, at the junction between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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