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In Our Own Image : Personal Symmetry in Discovery

Author: István Hargittai; Magdolna Hargittai
Publisher: Boston, MA : Springer US, 2000.
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This book inquires into the nature of scientific discovery. The focus is on six personalities and six scientific fields: Johannes Kepler and modeling, Buckminster Fuller and molecules, Linus Pauling and helices of biological systems, A. Kitaiigorodskii and packing of shapes, D.J. Bernal and quasicrystals, and Pierre Curie and symmetry breaking. Excerpts from conversations with 40 leading scientists, including 17  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: István Hargittai; Magdolna Hargittai
ISBN: 9781461541790 1461541794
OCLC Number: 851703063
Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 235 pages)
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. Perception and Symmetry --
3. Johannes Kepler --
4. Buckminster Fuller --
5. Linus Pauling --
6. Aleksandr Kitaigorodskii --
7. Desmond Bernal --
8. Pierre Curie --
9. Epilogue --
Name Index.
Responsibility: by István Hargittai, Magdolna Hargittai.
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The title of our volume refers to what is well described by the following two quota- tions:"Godcreated man in his own image"l and "Man creates God in his own image."2 Our approach to symmetry is  Read more...

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'Istvan and Magdolna Hargittai have written a dazzling book on symmetry in all its complex and beautiful variety, especially on its central role in today's science. ... It is a delight to read and Read more...

 
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