The Equation that Couldn't Be Solved: How Mathematical Genius Discovered the Language of Symmetry

The Equation that Couldn't Be Solved: How Mathematical Genius Discovered the Language of Symmetry

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What do the music of J. S. Bach, the basic forces of nature, Rubik's Cube, and the selection of mates have in common? They are all characterized by certain symmetries. Symmetry is the concept that bridges the gap between science and art, between the world of theoretical physics and the everyday world we see around us. Yet the "language" of symmetry--group theory in mathematics--emerged from a most unlikely source: an equation that couldn't be solved.

Over the millennia,… (more)

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster (September 19, 2005)

Format: EPUB

Page count: 368 pages

File size: 2.5 MB

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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