March 2014 issue
Cover illustration: 'Symmetrical merging' of the South rose window of the Gothic cathedral of Burgos in Northern Spain combined with the high symmetry axis view of the cylindrical enclosure (vault) formed by the major vault protein (MVP) from rat liver. Cathedral windows are magnificent examples of planar circular symmetry that are iconic representations of the cosmic view of the Middle Ages. Highly symmetrical atomic objects are frequent in biological structures, representing an atomic view of the biological microcosmos. Further details and discussion are given in the essay by C. Abad-Zapatero on p. 907. The images are from the author's personal collection and from T. Tsukihara and H. Tanaka, respectively.