This engaging animated film describes the development of x-ray crystallography and some of the many questions the technique has helped to answer. To date, 28 Nobel prizes have been awarded to projects related to the field, including Rosalind Franklin's mapping of the structure of DNA, and X-ray crystallography remains the foremost technique in determining the structures of a huge range of complex molecules. The film also highlights the use of x-ray crystallography to investigate why things behave the way they do.
This film was provided by The Royal Institution. It was produced in celebration of the Bragg Centenary and funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).