Welcome to Lattice + Motif.

If you are wondering why Lattice + Motif as a name, a quick search for “Lattice + Motif” will give you the answer : Crystal. Everything around us is made up of atoms. In many materials, these atoms are arranged in an orderly manner and these materials are termed crystalline. Such crystalline materials are thus made of one or more crystals. So, in a way, crystals are fundamental building blocks.

To understand the name better, you need to know a little bit about why this site exists. This is a place where I’m building a collection of articles on many concepts in science (sometimes very complex ones too) that cut the concepts down to the basics*. I don’t mean to abstact necessary information from the concepts, but instead, I’ll try to get the right intuition about the concepts brought out.

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”
Albert Einstein

I believe in this quote attributed to Albert Einstein. I am therefore testing my own understanding by initiating such an effort to cut to the basics of concepts. Also, such a collection will be very helpful to those trying to both grasp new concepts as well as those trying to strengthen their grip on familiar concepts.

I am studying Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, thus, at least initially, most of the concepts I’ll be focussing on will be a part of whatever I am learning currently, it could be some core materials concepts or some mathematics, but not strictly just these. Eventually, this collection will expand into even more regions.

This is a site still in its building stage. So, by participating through comments and by writing to me through the contact page, you’ll be helping me a lot. I strongly encourage you to do so, whether they are bouquets or brickbats.

*by basics, I don’t mean so basic that it can teach a five year old, yet. Right now, the posts might expect some knowledge of the basics themselves, but as the collection grows, the basics of the basics themselves will also be covered.