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"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


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Ian Stewart is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Warwick University. He is the author of over 80 books, including Does God Play Dice?: The New Mathematics of Chaos, Flatterland, From Here to Infinity, and several collections of his highly popular math columns from Scientific American. He won the Michael Faraday Prize in 1995 and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2001.
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Product Details

  • Series: Very Short Introductions
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (July 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199651981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199651986
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.4 x 4.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #620,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on August 21, 2013
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We are all fascinated with symmetry. Patterns that look the same when viewed in different ways seem to appeal to us on a very low fundamental level. There is perhaps an evolutionary reason for that - symmetric patterns are often a sign of non-random activity, and thus they can be a source of opportunity or danger. However, as it turns out, on a very fundamental level the nature itself is extremely symmetrical, and it was this realization that has lead to some of the most astounding insights into the nature of physical laws.

Of all the books in the Very Short Introduction series this one is perhaps the closest to my own intellectual and professional interest. As a theoretical Physicist who uses the concepts and mathematical tools of symmetry daily in my own work, I am both intimately familiar with this subject and endlessly mesmerized by its implications. And indeed I enjoyed reading this book a great deal, and it has managed to cast a few glimmers of new light on the topics that I was already acquainted with, and surprised me with tidbits of information that I never knew before. For me this was a very welcome reintroduction to an old friend. The book is very well written and it was a pleasure to read.

Unfortunately, I am keenly aware that my own background is quite unique, and far removed from the one of the intended audience for this book. This book, quite simply, uses by far the most sophisticated mathematical and technical notation of any book in the VSI series. It is filled with specialized jargon and notions that are inaccessible to the general audience. Granted, there are a few chapters that can be appreciated by anyone with good educational background and a decent level of curiosity about the way that the world is structured.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Dudley on March 4, 2015
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A very disappointing book. Very misleading Title. There was nothing introductory about this book. It was intended for advanced physicists and mathematicians.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fred Kline on July 13, 2014
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Book is as described. Prompt delivery.
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