Finding moonshine a mathematician's journey through symmetry

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This new book from the author of The Music of the Primes combines a personal insight into the mind of a working mathematician with the story of one of the biggest adventures in mathematics: the search...
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This new book from the author of The Music of the Primes combines a personal insight into the mind of a working mathematician with the story of one of the biggest adventures in mathematics: the search for symmetry. This is the story of how humankind has come to its understanding of the bizarre world of symmetry - a subject of fundamental significance to the way we interpret the world around us. Our eyes and minds are drawn to symmetrical objects, from the sphere to the swastika, the pyramid to the pentagon. Symmetry indicates a dynamic relationship or connection between objects, and it is all-pervasive: in chemistry and physics the concept of symmetry explains the structure of crystals or the theory of fundamental particles; in evolutionary biology, the natural world exploits symmetry in the fight for survival; symmetry and the breaking of symmetry are central to ideas in art, architecture and music; the mathematics of symmetry is even exploited in industry, for example to find efficient ways to store more music on a CD or to keep your mobile phone conversation from cracking up through interference.
Uitgever Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN/EAN 9780007214624
Auteur Sautoy, M.
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