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Finding Moonshine: A Mathematician's Journey Through Symmetry

Finding Moonshine: A Mathematician's Journey Through Symmetry (Paperback)

By Sautoy, Marcus du

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This new book from the author of 'The Music of the Primes' combines a personal insight into the mind of a working mathematician with the story of one of the biggest adventures in mathematics: the search for symmetry. This is the story of how humankind has come to its understandin...g of the bizarre world of symmetry -- a subject of fundamental significance to the way we interpret the world around us. Our eyes and minds are drawn to symmetrical objects, from the sphere to the swastika, the pyramid to the pentagon. Symmetry indicates a dynamic relationship or connection between objects, and it is all-pervasive: in chemistry and physics the concept of symmetry explains the structure of crystals or the theory of fundamental particles; in evolutionary biology, the natural world exploits symmetry in the fight for survival; symmetry and the breaking of symmetry are central to ideas in art, architecture and music; the mathematics of symmetry is even exploited in industry, for example to find efficient ways to store more music on a CD or to keep your mobile phone conversation from cracking up through interference.Marcus du Sautoy strives constantly to push his own boundaries to find ways in which to share the excitement of mathematics with a broader audience; this book charts his own personal quest to master one of the most innate and intangible concepts, and to demonstrate the intricacy and beauty of the world around us.
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ISBN 9780007214624
Released AU 2 Jul 2009
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780007214624
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint HarperPerennial
Released 2 Jul 2009
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Sautoy, Marcus du
Category Mathematics
Popular Science
Number of Pages 400
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 26mm
Dewey Code 516.1
Weight 290g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade