In Our Own Image: Personal Symmetry in Discovery / Edition 1

In Our Own Image: Personal Symmetry in Discovery / Edition 1

by Istvan Hargittai, Magdolna Hargittai
     
 

This book inquires into the nature of scientific discovery. The focus is on six personalities and six scientific fields: Johannes Kepler and modeling, Buckminster Fuller and molecules, Linus Pauling and helices of biological systems, A. Kitaiigorodskii and packing of shapes, D.J. Bernal and quasicrystals, and Pierre Curie and symmetry breaking. Exc erpts from

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This book inquires into the nature of scientific discovery. The focus is on six personalities and six scientific fields: Johannes Kepler and modeling, Buckminster Fuller and molecules, Linus Pauling and helices of biological systems, A. Kitaiigorodskii and packing of shapes, D.J. Bernal and quasicrystals, and Pierre Curie and symmetry breaking. Exc erpts from conversations with 40 leading scientists, including 17 Nobe l laureates, enliven the discussion. Culture and science blend insepar ably in this book and natural curiosity is the only prerequisite to en joy it. The award winning authors created this book for the interested general public and it is illustrated by striking images.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306460913
Publisher:
Springer US
Publication date:
01/01/2000
Edition description:
2000
Pages:
235
Product dimensions:
0.69(w) x 7.00(h) x 10.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. Perception and Symmetry. 3. Johannes Kepler. 4. Buckminster Fuller. 5. Linus Pauling. 6. Aleksandr Kitaiigorodskii. 7. Desmond Bernal. 8. Pierre Curie. Epilogue. Index.

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