Symmetry Rules

How Science and Nature are founded on Symmetry

Part of the The Frontiers Collection book series (FRONTCOLL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Pages 39-79
  3. Pages 81-105
  4. Pages 107-130
  5. Pages 141-160
  6. Pages 195-226
  7. Pages 261-281
  8. Pages 283-287
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 289-305

About this book

Introduction

When we use science to describe and understand the world around us, we are in essence grasping nature through symmetry. In fact, modern theoretical physics suggests that symmetry is a, if not the, foundational principle of nature. Emphasizing the concepts, this book leads the reader coherently and comprehensively into the fertile field of symmetry and its applications. Among the most important applications considered are the fundamental forces of nature and the Universe. It is shown that the Universe cannot possess exact symmetry, which is a principle of fundamental significance. Curie's principle - which states that the symmetry of the effect is at least that of the cause - features prominently. An introduction to group theory, the mathematical language of symmetry, is included. This book will convince all interested readers of the importance of symmetry in science. Furthermore, it will serve as valuable background reading for all students in the physical sciences.

Keywords

Foundations of science Group theory Science Symmetry Theoretical physics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.RockvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-75973-7
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-75972-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-75973-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1612-3018
  • About this book