9780465082377

Why Beauty Is Truth: The History of Symmetry

Stewart, Ian

ISBN 10: 0465082378 / 0-465-08237-8
ISBN 13: 9780465082377
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication Date: 2008
Binding: Softcover
About this title:
Synopsis:
At the heart of relativity theory, quantum mechanics, string theory, and much of modern cosmology lies one concept: symmetry. In Why Beauty Is Truth, world-famous mathematician Ian Stewart narrates the history of the emergence of this remarkable area of study. Stewart introduces us to such characters as the Renaissance Italian genius, rogue, scholar, and gambler Girolamo Cardano, who stole the modern method of solving cubic equations and published it in the first important book on algebra, and the young revolutionary Evariste Galois, who refashioned the whole of mathematics and founded the field of group theory only to die in a pointless duel over a woman before his work was published. Stewart also explores the strange numerology of real mathematics, in which particular numbers have unique and unpredictable properties related to symmetry. He shows how Wilhelm Killing discovered “Lie groups” with 14, 52, 78, 133, and 248 dimensions-groups whose very existence is a profound puzzle. Finally, Stewart describes the world beyond superstrings: the “octonionic” symmetries that may explain the very existence of the universe.

Product Description:
Leading mathematician and author Ian Stewart explores a concept both simple and complex, both multi-disciplinary and unifying -symmetry.There is no more important concept in the history of mathematics and physics than symmetry. It lies at the heart of rel

About the Author:
Ian Stewart is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick and is well known for his writing and broadcasting about mathematics for nonspecialists. He has written over 140 research papers on such subjects as symmetry in dynamics, pattern formation, chaos, and mathematical biology, as well as numerous popular books, including Letters to a Young Mathematician, Does God Play Dice?, What Shape Is a Snowflake?, Nature’s Numbers, The Annotated Flatland, and Flatterland. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2001. He lives in Coventry, England.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
 

Why Beauty Is Truth: The History of Symmetry: Search Results

1.

Stewart, Ian
ISBN 10: 0465082378
ISBN 13: 9780465082377
Bookseller: INDOO (Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 4-star rating
Quantity Available: > 20

Book Description: Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0465082378

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 8.87
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 3.50
Within U.S.A.
2.

Stewart, Ian
ISBN 10: 0465082378
ISBN 13: 9780465082377
Bookseller: Paperbackshop-US (Secaucus, NJ, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: > 20

Book Description: The Perseus Books Group, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # V7-9780465082377

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 9.06
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
3.

Stewart, Ian
ISBN 10: 0465082378
ISBN 13: 9780465082377
Bookseller: The Book Depository US (Slough, United Kingdom)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: 10

Book Description: The Perseus Books Group, United States, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. First Trade Paper Edition. 201 x 135 mm. Language: English Brand New Book. At the heart of relativity theory, quantum mechanics, string theory, and much of modern cosmology lies one concept: symmetry. In Why Beauty Is Truth, world-famous mathematician Ian Stewart narrates the history of the emergence of this remarkable area of study. Stewart introduces us to such characters as the Renaissance Italian genius, rogue, scholar, and gambler Girolamo Cardano, who stole the modern method of solving cubic equations and published it in the first important book on algebra, and the young revolutionary Evariste Galois, who refashioned the whole of mathematics and founded the field of group theory only to die in a pointless duel over a woman before his work was published. Stewart also explores the strange numerology of real mathematics, in which particular numbers have unique and unpredictable properties related to symmetry. He shows how Wilhelm Killing discovered Lie groups with 14, 52, 78, 133, and 248 dimensions-groups whose very existence is a profound puzzle. Finally, Stewart describes the world beyond superstrings: the octonionic symmetries that may explain the very existence of the universe. Bookseller Inventory # AA99780465082377

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 13.76
Convert Currency
Shipping: FREE From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
4.

Stewart, Ian
ISBN 10: 0465082378
ISBN 13: 9780465082377
Bookseller: The Book Depository (Slough, United Kingdom)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: 10

Book Description: The Perseus Books Group, United States, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. First Trade Paper Edition. 201 x 135 mm. Language: English Brand New Book. At the heart of relativity theory, quantum mechanics, string theory, and much of modern cosmology lies one concept: symmetry. In Why Beauty Is Truth, world-famous mathematician Ian Stewart narrates the history of the emergence of this remarkable area of study. Stewart introduces us to such characters as the Renaissance Italian genius, rogue, scholar, and gambler Girolamo Cardano, who stole the modern method of solving cubic equations and published it in the first important book on algebra, and the young revolutionary Evariste Galois, who refashioned the whole of mathematics and founded the field of group theory only to die in a pointless duel over a woman before his work was published. Stewart also explores the strange numerology of real mathematics, in which particular numbers have unique and unpredictable properties related to symmetry. He shows how Wilhelm Killing discovered Lie groups with 14, 52, 78, 133, and 248 dimensions-groups whose very existence is a profound puzzle. Finally, Stewart describes the world beyond superstrings: the octonionic symmetries that may explain the very existence of the universe. Bookseller Inventory # AA99780465082377

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 14.08
Convert Currency
Shipping: FREE From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
5.

Stewart, Ian
ISBN 10: 0465082378
ISBN 13: 9780465082377
Bookseller: Book Deals (Lewiston, NY, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 4-star rating
Quantity Available: 1

Book Description: Basic Books, 2008. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: An eminent teacher and writer explores an idea both simple and complex, both multidisciplinary and unifying-the story of symmetry. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0465082378

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 16.33
Convert Currency
Shipping: FREE Within U.S.A.
6.

Stewart, Ian
ISBN 10: 0465082378
ISBN 13: 9780465082377
Bookseller: Movie Mars (Indian Trail, NC, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: 4

Book Description: Basic Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0465082378 The renowned mathematician traces the history of the concept of symmetry, from the early Babylonians' efforts to solve quadratics to today's theoretical physics, citing the achievements of the mathematicians behind key discoveries. Bookseller Inventory # 4308340

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 12.36
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
7.

Stewart, Ian
ISBN 10: 0465082378
ISBN 13: 9780465082377
Bookseller: Bookhouse COM LLC (Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 4-star rating
Quantity Available: 2

Book Description: Basic Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0465082378. Bookseller Inventory # Z0465082378ZN

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 17.19
Convert Currency
Shipping: FREE Within U.S.A.
8.

Stewart, Ian
ISBN 10: 0465082378
ISBN 13: 9780465082377
Bookseller: BookShop4U (PHILADELPHIA, PA, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 4-star rating
Quantity Available: 3

Book Description: Basic Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0465082378. Bookseller Inventory # Z0465082378ZN

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 17.29
Convert Currency
Shipping: FREE Within U.S.A.
9.

Stewart, Ian
ISBN 10: 0465082378
ISBN 13: 9780465082377
Bookseller: Vital Products COM LLC (southampton, PA, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: 3

Book Description: Basic Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0465082378. Bookseller Inventory # Z0465082378ZN

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 17.29
Convert Currency
Shipping: FREE Within U.S.A.
10.

Stewart, Ian
ISBN 10: 0465082378
ISBN 13: 9780465082377
Bookseller: Booklot COM LLC (Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: 3

Book Description: Basic Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0465082378. Bookseller Inventory # Z0465082378ZN

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 17.47
Convert Currency
Shipping: FREE Within U.S.A.
View All Listings for this Book