By Simon L. Altmann

Here's a lucid creation to the tips of symmetry as they're so effectively utilized in the fields of physics, chemistry and different actual sciences. utilizing in simple terms user-friendly arithmetic, the writer discusses the sophisticated dating among actual items, versions, and icons, and explains a number of the so-called symmetry paradoxes. all the 3 chapters makes use of a case-study to demonstrate the advance of significant recommendations. within the first chapters, the focal point is at the idea and significance of an icon. the writer explains the origins and purposes of symmetry, and indicates how rotations got here to be defined via Hamilton by way of quaternions. This method offers perception into the symmetry homes of vectors and demonstrates the relevance of tensors and spinors. The 3rd bankruptcy illustrates using symmetry within the class of power degrees in atoms and solids, and discusses damaged symmetry. With its use of straightforward, easy-to-understand arithmetic, the publication will attract quite a lot of readers attracted to the philosophy and heritage of technological know-how, technology quite often, and physics particularly. it could possibly additionally function beneficial supplementary analyzing for college kids in those fields.

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