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Author Stewart, Ian, 1945- author.
Title Symmetry : a very short introduction / Ian Stewart.
Published Oxford : Oxford University Press, [2013]
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 Floor4  QA174.7.S96 S74 2013    IN LIBRARY
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 136-137) 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