Symmetry: A Journey into the Patterns of Nature

Paperback | March 3, 2009

byMarcus du Sautoy

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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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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 explo...

Marcus du Sautoy is a professor of mathematics and the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. He is a frequent contributor on mathematics toThe Times,The Guardian, and the BBC, and he lives in London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.86 inPublished:March 3, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0060789417

ISBN - 13:9780060789411

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A year in the life of a math guy Symmetry is part memoir, part math history and part exploration of symmetry. Du Sautoy frames the story as a year in his life, so that we the reader can get some idea of what a professional mathematician does. Within that year, he outlines a bit of math history with respect to discoveries in symmetry and group theory. He also gives a bit of hand-waving narrative of some important results and some of the practical implications of symmetry. The book though is in no-way technical. Overall it is entertaining and informative.
Date published: 2011-04-09