Why Beauty Is Truth The History of Symmetry

ISBN-10: 0465082378
ISBN-13: 9780465082377
Edition: 2008
Authors: Ian Stewart
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 4/29/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Hidden in the heart of the theory of relativity, quantum mechanics, string theory, and modern cosmology lies one idea: symmetry. Symmetry has been a key concept for artists, architects, and musicians for centuries, but as a mathematical principle it remained, until very recently, an arcane pursuit. In the twentieth century, however, symmetry emerged as central to the most fundamental ideas in physics and cosmology. Why Beauty Is Truth chronicles its history, from ancient Babylon to twenty-first century physics. World-famous mathematician Ian Stewart tells the compelling stories of the eccentric and occasionally tragic mathematical geniuses as he describes how symmetry grew into one of the most important ideas of modern science.

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