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From summetria to symmetry : the making of a revolutionary scientific concept

Author: Giora Hon; Bernard R Goldstein
Publisher: [Dordrecht] : Springer, ©2008.
Series: Archimedes : New studies in the history and philosophy of science and technology, v. 20.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The concept of symmetry is inherent to modern science, and its evolution has a complex history that richly exemplifies the dynamics of scientific change. This study is based on primary sources, presented in context: the authors examine closely the trajectory of the concept in the mathematical and scientific disciplines as well as its trajectory in art and architecture. The principal goal is to demonstrate that,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Hon, Giora.
From summetria to symmetry.
[Dordrecht] : Springer, ©2008
(DLC) 2008926211
(OCoLC)222159028
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Giora Hon; Bernard R Goldstein
ISBN: 9781402084485 140208448X
OCLC Number: 272307066
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 335 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction; The Mathematical Path; The Aesthetic Path; New Aesthetic Sensibilities in Italian and French Architecture; The Ancient Concept of Symmetry in Scientific Contexts in Early Modern Times and Its Association with Harmony; The Treatment of Symmetry in Natural History (1738-1815); Leonhard Euler (1707-1783) and Immanuel Kant (1724-1804): "Revolutions" That Did Not Happen; Legendre's Revolutionary Definition of Symmetry as a Scientific Concept (1794); New Applications of Symmetry in Mathematics and Physics: 1788-1815.
Series Title: Archimedes : New studies in the history and philosophy of science and technology, v. 20.
Responsibility: Giora Hon and Bernard R. Goldstein.

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John Roche's brief essay (1987), in which he sketched the broad outlines of the history of this concept, was particularly helpful, and led us to conclude that the subject was worthy of monographic  Read more...

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