I'd be thankful if someone explains why amorphous substances are said to be isotropic and crystalline substances anisotropic

  • $\begingroup$ Not a bad question, but if you can clarify a little bit (narrow the scope), it will help you get a better answer. For example, some crystalline solids are isotropic. And there are probably corner cases (in any event) in which the statements don't apply in re: one or the other being isotropic or anisotropic. $\endgroup$ – Todd Minehardt Oct 4 '15 at 16:14
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    $\begingroup$ Related: How can diamond have a fixed refractive index? $\endgroup$ – Loong Oct 4 '15 at 18:42

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