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The concept of symmetry has widespread manifestations and many diverse applications―from architecture to mathematics to science. Yet, as twentieth-century physics has revealed, symmetry has a special, central role in nature, one that is occasionally and enigmatically violated. Fearful Symmetry brings the incredible discoveries of the juxtaposition of symmetry and asymmetry in contemporary physics within everyone's grasp. A. Zee, a distinguished physicist and skillful expositor, tells the exciting story of how contemporary theoretical physicists are following Einstein in their search for the beauty and simplicity of Nature. Animated by a sense of reverence and whimsy, Fearful Symmetry describes the majestic sweep and accomplishments of twentieth-century physics―one of the greatest chapters in the intellectual history of humankind.
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"Fearful Symmetry tells the story of modern physics and contemporary physicists in a most understandable and vivid way. It makes the 'fearful' symmetry simple and accessible, and the burning tigers lively and human. An excellent rendition and an outstanding achievement."--T. D. Lee, Nobel Prize-winning physicist
"To a layman like myself, totally unversed in modern theoretical physics, Zee's book comes as an illumination. Once having grasped the idea of symmetry as an aesthetic and intellectual principle, I found myself, under his guidance, contemplating aspects of the design of the universe of which I never had the faintest glimmer."--John Rupert Martin, Marquand Professor of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University
"A small gem we can see deeply into with small effort and great pleasure."--Robert Schrieffer, Nobel Prize-winning physicistAbout the Author:
A. Zee is professor of physics at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His books include Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell and Einstein Gravity in a Nutshell (both Princeton).
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Book Description Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey, 2007. Soft cover. Condition: New. Re-issue. Tells the story of modern physics in an easy to understand way. Shows how today's theoretical physicists are following Einstein in their search for the beauty and simplicity of nature. xvi+356 pages, notes, index. List Price is $22.95. Seller Inventory # 13942
Book Description Princeton University Press, 2007. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0691134820
Book Description Princeton University Press, 2007. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110691134820
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