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Symmetry 2 - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080372372, 9781483299495

Symmetry 2, Volume 18

1st Edition

Unifying Human Understanding

Editor: I. Hargittai
eBook ISBN: 9781483299495
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 10th November 1989
Page Count: 1084
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Table of Contents

(partial) Symmetry at the foundations of science, J Rosen. Symmetry and chaos, A A Chernikov et al. Trisecting an orthoscheme, H S M Coxeter. Halley maps for a trigonometric and rational function, C A Pickover. Symmetry and polyhedral stellation, G M Fleurent and M J Wenninger. Visual and hidden symmetry in geometry, A T Fomenko. Interpretation of so-called icosahedral and decagonal quasicrystals, L Pauling. Chemical kinetics and thermodynamics. A history of their relationship, S Lengyel. The perceptual value of symmetry, P Locher and C Nodine. A symmetry-oriented mathematical model of classical counterpoint and related neurophysiological investigations by depth-EEG, G Mazzola et al. Buckling patterns of shells and spherical honeycomb structures, T Tarnai. Symmetry in free markets, B P Fabricand. Symmetries in music teaching, M Apagyi. In the Tower of Babel: beyond symmetry in Islamic design, W K Chorbachi. Reconstruction and extension of lost symmetries: examples from the Tamil of South India, P Gerdes. Symmetry in Christian time and space, S Kerr. Symmetry in pictures by young Chinese children, Y-M Ha.

2016 lit. refs., 400 illus. approx.


Symmetry 2 aims to present an overview of the contemporary status of symmetry studies, particularly in the arts and sciences, emphasizing both its role and importance. Symmetry is not only one of the fundamental concepts in science, but is also possibly the best unifying concept between various branches of science, the arts and other human activities. Whereas symmetry has been considered important for centuries primarily for its aesthetic appeal, this century has witnessed a dramatic enhancement of its status as a cornerstone in the sciences. In addition to traditionally symmetry-oriented fields such as crystallography and spectroscopy, the concept has made headway in fields as varied as reaction chemistry, nuclear physics, and the study of the origin of the universe. The book was initiated in response to the success of the first volume, which not only received good reviews, but received the award for "The Best Single Issue of a Journal" by the Association of American Publishers for 1986. The second volume extends the application of symmetry to new fields, such as medical sciences and economics, as well as investigating further certain topics introduced in Symmetry. The book is extensively illustrated and with over 64 contributions from 16 countries presents an international overview of the nature and diversity of symmetry studies today.


For scientists, artists and interested laymen in all fields.


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@qu:...lavishly illustrated...a source book of inspiration...strongly recommended to all scientists, artists and laymen interested in the beauty of symmetry.
@source:W Neumann, Halle/Saale Zeitschrift Fur Kristallographie

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About the Editor

I. Hargittai

Affiliations and Expertise

Budapest Structural University and Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary