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    DescriptionIn the 1800s mathematicians introduced a formal theory of symmetry: group theory. Now a branch of abstract algebra, this subject first arose in the theory of equations. Symmetry is an immensely important concept in mathematics and throughout the sciences, and its applications range across the entire subject. Symmetry governs the structure of crystals, innumerable types of pattern formation, how systems change their state as parameters vary; and fundamental physics is governed by symmetries in the laws of nature. It is highly visual, with applications that include animal markings, locomotion, evolutionary biology, elastic buckling, waves, the shape of the Earth, and the form of galaxies. In this Very Short Introduction, Ian Stewart demonstrates its deep implications, and shows how it plays a major role in the current search to unify relativity and quantum theory. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


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    Title
    Symmetry: A Very Short Introduction
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ian Stewart
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 160
    Width: 104 mm
    Height: 170 mm
    Thickness: 10 mm
    Weight: 136 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199651986
    ISBN 10: 0199651981
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: MAT
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.9T
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T General Subject: 710
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    BIC subject category V2: PBM
    Libri: ENGM4540
    LC classification: QA
    Ingram Subject Code: MA
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16220
    Abridged Dewey: 512
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: MAT014000
    BIC subject category V2: PBG
    Libri: MATH3510
    DC23: 516.1
    Thema V1.0: PBG, PBM
    Illustrations note
    Approx 40 black and white line drawings
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    12 July 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Ian Stewart is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Warwick University. He is a well-established communicator of mathematics, and the author of over 80 books, including several on the subject of symmetry. His summary of the problems of mathematics, From Here to Infinity, and collections of his columns from Scientific American (How to Cut a Cake, Cows in the Maze), have been very successful, and his recent book Professor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities, has been a bestseller.
    Review quote
    "In his usual manner, noted mathematician and prolific writer Stewart shares mathematical ideas in an enjoyable context. Overall, a good read for anyone wanting to know about symmetries. Highly recommended." -J. Johnson, Western Washington University, CHOICE
    Table of contents
    Introduction ; 1. What is symmetry? ; 2. Origins of symmetry ; 3. Types of symmetry ; 4. Structure of groups ; 5. Groups and games ; 6. Nature's patterns ; 7. Nature's laws ; 8. Atoms of symmetry ; Further reading ; References