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School of CrystallographyBirkbeck College
University of London

There is no book that covers the course material in its entirety, or at the desired level. However, it is a requirement of the course that you buy at least one book to have additional support, although the course material is self-contained. Only the course material will be examined, so that you should use the book to get another view. I have stuck to the most modern and up-to-date ones, although some may now be only available via a library. Your choice should be guided by what interests you most about the course. I will help with some comments. The following books will be useful:

  • This book covers all subjects relevant to the course and is both helpful and educational. It includes all of the mathematics and is targeted at the people who do crystallography so might be difficult in places for beginners.

    Rupp, B. (2009) Biomolecular Crystallography: Principles, Practice and Application to Structural Biology. Garland Science.

  • The most relevant to the aims of the course, but not detailed enough (light)

    Rhodes, G. (2000) Crystallography Made Crystal Clear. 2nd ed., Academic Press, San Diego.

  • Relevant to the aims of the course, but too light.

    Blow, D. (2002) Outline of Crystallography for Biologists. Oxford University Press.

  • Very helpful and educational is

    Glusker, J.P., Trueblood, K.N. (1994) Crystal Structure Analysis: A Primer.2nd ed., Oxford University Press.

  • A book strong on general crystallography and for the people who do it (heavy)

    Giacovazzo, C., Monaco, H.L., Viterbo, D., Scordari, F., Gilli, G., Zanotti G. and Catti M. (1992) Fundamentals of Crystallography. Ed. by Giacovazzo, C. International Union of Crystallography. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

  • A book strong on general crystallography and for the people who do it (comprehensive)

    Glusker, J.P., Lewis, M. and Rossi, M. (1994) Crystal Structure Analysis for Chemists and Biologists. VCH Publishers, New York.

  • A book dedicated to protein crystallography with all the mathematics, and for the people who do it (heavy)

    Drenth, J. (1999) Principles of Protein X­ray Crystallography.2nd ed., Springer, New York.

    This list is not exhaustive. Other titles will be in the reading list when the course starts.

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