From Summetria to Symmetry: The Making of a Revolutionary Scientific Concept by Giora HonFrom Summetria to Symmetry: The Making of a Revolutionary Scientific Concept by Giora Hon

From Summetria to Symmetry: The Making of a Revolutionary Scientific Concept

byGiora Hon, Bernard R. Goldstein

Paperback | November 30, 2010

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The concept of symmetry is inherent to modern science, and its evolution has a complex history that richly exemplifies the dynamics of scientific change. This study is based on primary sources, presented in context: the authors examine closely the trajectory of the concept in the mathematical and scientific disciplines as well as its trajectory in art and architecture. The principal goal is to demonstrate that, despite the variety of usages in many different domains, there is a conceptual unity underlying the invocation of symmetry in the period from antiquity to the 1790s which is distinct from the scientific usages of this term that first emerged in France at the end of the 18th century. The key figure in revolutionizing the concept of symmetry is the mathematician, Adrien-Marie Legendre. His achievements in solid geometry (1794) are contrasted with the views of the philosopher, Immanuel Kant, on the directionality of space (1768).
Title:From Summetria to Symmetry: The Making of a Revolutionary Scientific ConceptFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pagesPublished:November 30, 2010Publisher:Springer NetherlandsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9048178843

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction, 2. The Mathematical Path, 3. The Aesthetic Path, 4. New Aesthetic Sensibilities in Italian and French Architecture, 5. The Ancient Concept of Symmetry in Scientific Contexts in Early Modern Times and Its Association with Harmony, 6. The Treatment of Symmetry in Natural History (1738-1815), 7. Leonhard Euler (1707-1783) and Immanuel Kant (1724-1804): "revolutions" that did not happen, 8. Legendre's Revolutionary Definition of Symmetry as a Scientific Concept (1794), 9. New Applications of Symmetry in Mathematics and Physics: 1788-1815, Coda: Legendre's Choice of Symmetry-What's in a Word? References

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From the reviews:"Hon and Goldstein's book is, primarily, a historical study of the term 'symmetry' and the concepts associated with it up to the early 1800s. . a contribution to fruitful discussion between historians and philosophers of science. . For philosophers of science, such historical work is invaluable."­­­ (Katherine Brading, Metascience, Vol. 19, March, 2010)