Fearful Symmetry: Is God a Geometer? Front Cover. Ian Stewart. Blackwell What Is Symmetry? Where Did It Go? 54 QR code for Fearful Symmetry. Recently he has turned his hand to popular mathematics, and Fearful Symmetry is his latest offering. The early chapters provide an introduction to symmetry. this accessible book employs the mathematical concepts of symmetry to portray fascinating facets of the physical and biological world. More than figures.

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From X-rays to Quarks: Clearly it gives the reader the opportunity to have a taste from more than one scientific discipline: I envy those who are so familiar with the material that they find all of Fearful Symmetry old-hat!

Classical Physicists and Their Discoveries. Pratik Aghor rated it it was amazing Jul 05, Elina rated it liked it Jun 10, The Story of Quantum Theory. Lesser and greater patterns—the structure of subatomic particles, a tiger’s stripes, the shapes of clouds, and the vibrations of the stars—are produced by broken symmetry. Second, the study of symmetry is really the study of groups of transformations.

Daniel rated it really liked it Apr 28, The Great Physicists from Galileo to Einstein. The patterns discussed in this book takes you to the invisible world of quarks, then shows you the wonderful stripes on the fur of a tiger and finally let you surf the spiral-arms of our Galaxy.

The breaking of symmetry that gave tigers their stripes is the same phenomenon that gave mass to energy though the Higgs was discovered after Stewart’s book.

I played with some programs myself. Immutable laws prescribed the motion of every particle in the universe, exactly and forever: Ian StewartMartin Golubitsky.

Stephanie rated it it was ok May 18, Symmetry and Asymmetry from Mirror Reflections to Superstrings: It seems that there were hints but not yet conclusions when the book was written. That said, not even Ian Stewart could make me care about the biology sections. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. If I had read Stewart alone, I would have already been impressed with the wide survey of the symmetry and symmetry breaking that exists all around us and how it is connected to emergence.


I read this book because it was referred to in another book of Golubitsky called the symmetry perspective, which I think is more inspiring. Dec 08, Krishna Shrinivas rated it liked it.

Fearful Symmetry: Is God a Geometer? by Ian Stewart

The book covers so many different subject areas; geometry, astrono This is a wonderful book about the things that BREAK symmetry. The Geometry of Art and Life. Fundamental events, such as the decay of a radioactive atom, are held to be determined by chance, not law. Sean Raleigh rated it liked it Apr 11, Another thing I found interesting is to compare this book side by side with Hermann Haken’s books on Synergetics. Jan 26, Charlene rated it really liked it Shelves: November External links: Breaking symmetry to uncover one theory that rules them all Breaking Symmetry is certainly a magic term in this book.

Often the patterns are hard to pin down. Ian Stewart examines the symmetry of life and non-life as it exists throughout the universe. The final chapter gets more philosophical and discusses the extent to which symmetry is in the mind of the beholder, and, if so, which beholder, us or God?

Being confronted with the dissection of physical phenomenon into degrees of symmetry, gives the reader enough reason to believe that the “big theory” might ultimately be uncovered by using the mathematical tool of Breaking Symmetry. Nice book, easily accessible even to people with fearfful mathematical background, and with very interesting insights and very good explanations and examples of what is symmetry and symmetry breaking.


It was a great paring because Stewart focused on the history of symmetry, particularly highlighting Turing, as well as a plethora of examples of symmetry breaking. I also love the final part on symmetric chaos. Going back to the beginning of the universe, we see examples of symmetry breaking– from quarks to the various forms comprised of them.

Modern Physicists and Their Discoveries. This is not an easy book but well worth the effort. Bill Graham rated it it was amazing Apr 17, Coupled with Carroll’s lectures, which provide the most up to date research on symmetry in fields, Stewart’s book was even more enjoyable.

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Carroll focused on how symmetry brought about mass in the first place. Lots of examples are the same. Product Geometee Bonus Editorial Product Details This fascinating study explores a fundamental paradox behind the patterns of the natural world, in which symmetrical causes lead to asymmetrical effects.

The structure can be a geometric figure, or more interesting to physicists, equation of motion.

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The Beauty of Geometry: From the shapes of clouds geometeg dewdrops on a spider’s web, this accessible book employs the mathematical concepts of symmetry to portray fascinating facets of the physical and biological world. On Growth and Form: I’m very grateful that the authors provided equations and pseudo-code for curious readers. Want to Read saving….