Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

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A seed crystal is a small particle used to induce crystallization in a liquid. It is a metaphor that the narrator borrows from Phaedrus’s background in biochemistry to express the insight-based processes that allowed Phaedrus’s thoughts to suddenly take shape.
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Chapter 16
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...on the system and grades normally again. In the narrator’s words, he awaited a “ seed crystal ” to solidify his thought. (full context)