In Our Own Image

Personal Symmetry in Discovery

  • István Hargittai
  • Magdolna Hargittai

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. István Hargittai, Magdolna Hargittai
    Pages 1-16
  3. István Hargittai, Magdolna Hargittai
    Pages 17-26
  4. István Hargittai, Magdolna Hargittai
    Pages 27-52
  5. István Hargittai, Magdolna Hargittai
    Pages 53-81
  6. István Hargittai, Magdolna Hargittai
    Pages 83-112
  7. István Hargittai, Magdolna Hargittai
    Pages 113-143
  8. István Hargittai, Magdolna Hargittai
    Pages 145-180
  9. István Hargittai, Magdolna Hargittai
    Pages 181-219
  10. István Hargittai, Magdolna Hargittai
    Pages 221-224
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 225-235

About this book

Introduction

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 subjective, and the term "personal" symmetry reflects this approach in our discussion of selected scientific events. We have chosen six icons to symbolize six areas: Kepler for modeling, Fuller for new molecules, Pauling for helical structures, Kitaigorodskii for packing, Bernal for quasicrystals, and Curie for dissymmetry. For the past three decades we have been involved in learning, thinking, speaking, and writing about symmetry. This involvement has augmented our principal activities in molecular structure research. Our interest in symmetry had started with a simple fascination and has evolved into a highly charged personal topic for us. At the start of this volume, we had had several authored and edited symmetry related books behind 3 us. We owe a debt of gratitude to the numerous people whose interviews are quoted 4 in this volume. We very much appreciate the kind and gracious cooperation of Edgar J. Applewhite (Washington, DC), Lawrence S. Bartell (University of Michigan), R.

Keywords

Johannes Kepler Nobel Laureates crystal molecule symmetry

Authors and affiliations

  • István Hargittai
    • 1
    • 2
  • Magdolna Hargittai
    • 2
  1. 1.Budapest Technical UniversityBudapestHungary
  2. 2.Eötvös Loránd University and Hungarian Academy of SciencesBudapestHungary

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4615-4179-0
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-6874-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-4179-0
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