This essay was published first in Science, People & Politics, issue 3, Volume i, VII on 4th May, 2009 by GavaghanCommunications. The original published article is available here
Above from left: results of crystallisation experiments - precipitation, poor crystals, crystals and a perfect crystal leading to diffraction patterns (A and B above), resolvable by mathematics into atomic positions in the protein as shown below left (A and B). And below right an aerial shot of the machinery that makes this possible -- Diamond.
Words Liz Carpenter© Pictures provided by Liz Carpenter. Design Helen Gavaghan©.