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Symmetry is all around us. Our eyes and minds are drawn to symmetrical objects, from the pyramid to the pentagon. Of fundamental significance to the way we interpret the world, this unique, pervasive phenomenon indicates a dynamic relationship between objects. In chemistry and physics, the concept of symmetry explains the structure of crystals or the theory of fundamental particles; in evolutionary biology, the natural world exploits symmetry in the fight for survival; and symmetry--and the breaking of it--is central to ideas in art, architecture, and music.

Combining a rich historical narrative with his own personal journey as a mathematician, Marcus du Sautoy takes a unique look into the mathematical mind as he explores deep conjectures about symmetry and brings us face-to-face with the oddball mathematicians, both past and present, who have battled to understand symmetry's elusive qualities. He explores what is perhaps the most exciting discovery to date--the summit of mathematicians' mastery in the field--the Monster, a huge snowflake that exists in 196,883-dimensional space with more symmetries than there are atoms in the sun.

What is it like to solve an ancient mathematical problem in a flash of inspiration? What is it like to be shown, ten minutes later, that you've made a mistake? What is it like to see the world in mathematical terms, and what can that tell us about life itself? In Symmetry, Marcus du Sautoy investigates these questions and shows mathematical novices what it feels like to grapple with some of the most complex ideas the human mind can comprehend.

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One of the world's leading mathematicians offers an illuminating and engaging look at the newest, most cutting-edge adventure in mathematics and beyond--the search for symmetry. Illustrated.

Synopsis:

Symmetry is all around us. Of fundamental significance to the way we interpret the world, this unique, pervasive phenomenon indicates a dynamic relationship between objects. Combining a rich historical narrative with his own personal journey as a mathematician, Marcus du Sautoy takes a unique look into the mathematical mind as he explores deep conjectures about symmetry and brings us face-to-face with the oddball mathematicians, both past and present, who have battled to understand symmetry's elusive qualities.

About the Author

Marcus du Sautoy is the Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford. The author of The Music of the Primes, he is a frequent contributor on mathematics to newspapers and radio, and has hosted several programs for BBC television. He lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060789411
Subtitle:
A Journey into the Patterns of Nature
Author:
Du Sautoy, Marcus
Author:
by Marcus du Sautoy
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
Applied
Subject:
General
Subject:
Geometry - General
Subject:
Symmetry (Mathematics)
Subject:
Geometry in nature.
Subject:
General Mathematics
Subject:
Mathematics-Geometry and Trigonometry
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20090303
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
7.90x5.30x1.10 in. .60 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Symmetry is all around us. Of fundamental significance to the way we interpret the world, this unique, pervasive phenomenon indicates a dynamic relationship between objects. Combining a rich historical narrative with his own personal journey as a mathematician, Marcus du Sautoy takes a unique look into the mathematical mind as he explores deep conjectures about symmetry and brings us face-to-face with the oddball mathematicians, both past and present, who have battled to understand symmetry's elusive qualities.
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