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Symmetry: A Very Short Introduction

Ian Stewart

May 2013

ISBN: 9780199651986

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Symmetry is an immensely important concept in mathematics and throughout the sciences. In this Very Short Introduction, Ian Stewart highlights the deep implications of symmetry and its important scientific applications across the entire subject.

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Symmetry is an immensely important concept in mathematics and throughout the sciences. In this Very Short Introduction, Ian Stewart highlights the deep implications of symmetry and its important scientific applications across the entire subject.

  • Explores one of the most important concepts in mathematics and science
  • Examines the role of symmetry in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology
  • Considers the scientific applications of symmetry
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series

About the Author(s)

Ian Stewart, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Warwick University

Ian Stewart is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Warwick University. He is a well-established communicator of mathematics, and the author of over 80 books, including several on the subject of symmetry. His summary of the problems of mathematics, From Here to Infinity, and collections of his columns from Scientific American (How to Cut a Cake, Cows in the Maze), have been very successful, and his recent book Professor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities, has been a bestseller.

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1: What is symmetry?
    2: Origins of symmetry
    3: Types of symmetry
    4: Structure of groups
    5: Groups and games
    6: Nature's patterns
    7: Nature's laws
    8: Atoms of symmetry
    Further reading
    References

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