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Author Hargittai, Magdolna.

Title Visual symmetry / Magdolna Hargittai, István Hargittai
Published Hackensack, N.J. ; Singapore : World Scientific, ©2009


Description 1 online resource (207 pages) : chiefly color illustrations
Contents Introduction -- Mirror symmetry. Floral kingdom. Animal kingdom. Human body. Architecture. Double-headed eagles. Music -- Chirality. La coupe du roi. Crystals, molecules, and medicine -- Multiple mirrors. Flowers and leaves. Man-made objects. Architecture. Snowflakes -- Rotational symmetry. Flowers. Rotating blades. Logos. Hubcaps. Sculptures. Architecture -- Shape and movement -- Polyhedra. Regular polyhedra. Star polyhedra. Semiregular polyhedra. Buckyballs. Molecules and walnuts -- Repetitions. Similarity symmetry -- Helical symmetry. Proteins and nucleic acids. Two-dimensional spirals. Further three-dimensional spirals. Phyllotaxy -- Planar patterns. Facades -- Crystals. Quasicrystals -- Antisymmetry
Summary Symmetry is as simple or as complicated as we are ready to absorb it in everything around us. From flowers to bridges, buildings, coke machines, and snowflakes; from molecules to walnuts, fences, pine cones, and sunflowers; from music to children's drawings; from hubcaps to bank logos, propellers, wallpaper decorations, and pavements, we recognize it if we walk around with open eyes and an open mind. This book provides aesthetic pleasure and covert education, immersing the reader in both the familiar and the unknown and leading always to unexpected discoveries. The authors, world-renowned scientists, have already produced a dozen books on symmetry for professionals as well as lay persons, for grownups as well as children, in English, Russian, German, Hungarian, and Swedish languages. They provide this attractive account of symmetry in few words and many - as many as 650 - images in full color from the most diverse corners of our globe. An encounter with this book will open up a whole new experience for the reader, who will never look at the world with the same eyes as before
Notes Print version record
Subject Symmetry -- Pictorial works
Symmetry (Physics) -- Pictorial works
SCIENCE -- Essays.
SCIENCE -- Nanoscience.
SCIENCE -- Reference.
Symmetry (Physics)
Genre/Form Pictorial works
Form Electronic book
Author Hargittai, István.
ISBN 9789812835321