Edition 
First Edition. 
Description 
xii, 144 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm. 
Content Type 
text 

still image 
Format 
volume 
Series 
Very short introductions ; 353 

Very short introductions ; 353.

Bibliography 
Includes bibliographical references (pages 136137) and index. 
Contents 
1. What is symmetry?  2. Origins of symmetry  3. Types of symmetry  4. Structure of groups  6. Nature's patterns  7. Nature's laws  8. Atoms of symmetry. 
Summary 
Ian Stewart demonstrates symmetry's deep implications, describing how symmetry's applications range across the entire field of mathematics and how symmetry governs the structure of crystals, innumerable types of pattern formation, and how systems change their state as parameters vary. Symmetry is also highly visual, with applications that include animal markings, locomotion, evolutionary biology, elastic buckling, waves, the shape of the Earth, and the form of galaxies  Source other than Library of Congress. 
Subject 
Symmetry (Mathematics)

ISBN 
0199651981 (paperback) 

9780199651986 (paperback) 
OCLC number 
849721844 
