In Our Own Image: Personal Symmetry in Discovery by Istvan Hargittai,Magdolna Hargittai

By Istvan Hargittai,Magdolna Hargittai

The name of our quantity refers to what's good defined by way of the next quota­ tions:"Godcreated guy in his personal image"l and "Man creates God in his personal image."2 Our method of symmetry is subjective, and the time period "personal" symmetry displays this procedure in our dialogue of chosen medical occasions. we have now selected six icons to represent six parts: Kepler for modeling, Fuller for brand new molecules, Pauling for helical buildings, Kitaigorodskii for packing, Bernal for quasicrystals, and Curie for dissymmetry. For the earlier 3 many years now we have been concerned with studying, pondering, conversing, and writing approximately symmetry. This involvement has augmented our vital actions in molecular constitution examine. Our curiosity in symmetry had began with an easy fascination and has advanced right into a hugely charged own subject for us. at first of this quantity, we had had numerous authored and edited symmetry comparable books in the back of three us. We owe a debt of gratitude to the varied humans whose interviews are quoted four during this quantity. We a great deal have fun with the sort and gracious cooperation of Edgar J. Applewhite (Washington, DC), Lawrence S. Bartell (University of Michigan), R.

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