Liquid crystals, like those found in TV and clock displays, are chemical compounds that exhibit properties of both liquids and solid crystals. As they cool on a microscope slide, they progress through multiple phases of crystallization. The enigmatic crystallization patterns in this video span less than 3 millimeters. The molecules in a liquid crystal arrange in different configurations under the influence of temperature and especially magnetism. They can flow like a liquid and lock as in a solid. The three states of matter to which every foundational chemistry class introduces us -- solid, liquid, and gas -- turn out are not as clearly delineated as scientists once believed. Liquid crystals represent one of several additional states of matter. The actual liquid crystals filmed in this program are from the personal collection of the late IBM research scientist, and crystal spiritualist, Marcel Vogel.