How do crystals work? – Graham Baird


What makes crystals grow into their signature shapes? Dig into the atomic patterns and unique properties of crystals.

Many crystals have signature shapes— like the cascade of pointed quartz or a pile of galena cubes. Every crystal’s atoms have a defining feature: their organized, repeating pattern. The pattern isn’t restricted to minerals- sand, ice, metals and DNA also have crystalline structures. So what causes them to grow into these shapes again and again? Graham Baird dives into the unique properties of crystals.

Lesson by Graham Baird, directed by Franz Palomares.

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30 Comments

  1. TED-Ed says:

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  2. Amber Rose LOVE says:

    What a phenomenal video!

  3. Boy Kulot says:

    Crystals are the best

  4. Ishtar XXI says:

    Bro i thought this was going to be a spiritual video

  5. Mo الصحراء Tuw says:

    Good video thanks

  6. ¿Cocoa? says:

    I’m obsessed with crystals, i have a bunch like lapis, adventurine, amethyst. I’ve been trying to get rose quartz for my collection. i don’t believe in the spirituality, i’m just fascinated by them.

  7. Dakotah says:

    This sounds like evidence cannot proof are disproof of a entity that who may have created the universe? (almost)!!

  8. Urban Historia says:

    Coming here for worldbuilding info. Thanks a bunch!

  9. Ronell Chatman says:

    Crystals were shattered from energy towers !!! Very large energy towers that the carbonated beings communicated through

  10. COOKIEBUNS. :3 Soco says:

    Crystals are cool

  11. My Gem Hunt says:

    Many thanks for the most valuable information you have given in this video

  12. The Phenom says:

    سبحان الله

  13. Jonathan Matias says:

    Folks came to a Ted-Ed video tryna find explanations to something they convinced themselves to be true. The video quite literally said there’s nothing in the crystal that does anything to people in anyway and folks say “Ted-Ed you’re wrong, keep an open mind (:” call it cognitive dissonance. Whenever folks get information that for whatever reason messes with the individuals world view folks do one of two things. They change because they realize they were misinformed or they lock up and reject that info to preserve that world view of theirs. In this video that latter happened. Folks got factual, credible information from a globally trusted source, TED, but since it doesn’t fit their beliefs the information is regarded as false or misguided or told that they’re looking at things from the wrong perspective or any other rationale that people come up with to defend their beliefs. It’s the ultimate blessing and curse human reasoning

  14. Lianty Yauri says:

    The title is kinda a bit misleading?

  15. Erika Smith says:

    lol ted clickbait.
    more appropriate title would be “how crystals are formed,” but y’all knew that.

  16. Sydney Robinson says:

    This is the first time I’ve disliked a video Bc it was sooo misleading. I never thought I would be a teded video

  17. No Name says:

    Bruh, I just got a red agate ring and it has positive effects on my emotional needs.

  18. Gavin Liang says:

    Very nice video, one more thing though, at 1:31, the pic of the bottom right crystal should be rhombohedral (a=b=c, α=β=γ≠90°, eg. As, Sb, Bi) instead of hexagonal (a1=a2=a3≠c, α=β=90°, γ=120°, eg. Zn, Mg ). There are actually seven classical types of crystals.

  19. Patrycja Grychnik says:

    YES finally some good quality qideo where it's explained simply why whey have their shape! I was worried that's gonna be some more voodoo mumble XD

  20. Anmol anmol says:

    extreme rarest crystals no name!!! naturally formes

  21. Thirukumaran Sabapathi says:

    Young hot igneous rocks. LOL

  22. Thierry de Vries says:

    Galina contains silver too!

  23. Samy Joseph says:

    as a geology student this comes in handy

  24. Michael Koh says:

    wrong title
    it should be formed not work

  25. Garratt Powers says:

    Beautifully explained 100%

  26. Zariya Rahman says:

    I hate this video

  27. Video Musician says:

    The crystal effect is important

  28. PoshHyena says:

    Mentioning the spiritual and metaphysical properties of these funky rocks in this comment section, just to feel something.

  29. Miekha Wyatt says:

    This is so interesting, I never knew any of this