BN.com Gift Guide

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

Hardcover (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $44.49
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 50%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (5) from $44.49   
  • New (3) from $83.30   
  • Used (2) from $44.49   

Overview

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. Excerpts from conversations with 40 leading scientists, including 17 Nobel laureates, enliven the discussion. Culture and science blend inseparably in this book and natural curiosity is the only prerequisite to enjoy it. The award winning authors created this book for the interested general public and it is illustrated by striking images.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

David Blow
The story is fascinatingly instructive, and displays scintillating gems of scientific thought. Written by avid collectors or oral history, the book includes lengthy quotations from interviews with contemporary scientists, some evidently published here for the first time. These quotations bring the story to life, and generate insights that could not be gained from reading the scientific literature.
Nature Magazine
From the Publisher
'István and Magdolna Hargittai have written a dazzling book on symmetry in all its complex and beautiful variety, especially on its central role in today's science. ... It is a delight to read and ponder, sure to become a classic reference on a concept as fundamental to physics and chemistry as it has always been to aesthetics.'
Martin Gardner, Formerly of Scientific American, author of The New Ambidextrous Universe
'The book departs from the standard types of history in that it brings in the personalities of the people who have made great advances in our understanding of structures, inorganic, organic, and biological The stories bring out the personal side of scientific discoveries with the hurdles, obstacles, side steps, and controversies; and this makes for a most lively book quite different from a more conventional academic history of the subjects tackled. ... The book can appeal to a wide range of readers who are guaranteed not to find a dull page.'
Sir Aaron Klug, Nobel Laureate, President of the Royal Society (London)
'A book which should fascinate every reader.'
Torvald Laurent, Chairman of Trustees, Nobel Foundation, Skholm
'An informative and highly original account ... in terms of the people who made the big conceptual advances. Kepler, Fuller, Pauling, Bernal, Curie, Kroto ... all come to life in this unusual and effective synthesis of science and biographical journalism. The authors' love of their topics shines through on every page. Marvelous!'
Ian Stewart, Scientific American
'István and Magdolna Hargittai have written a richly textured and entertaining work based on a personal curiosity about the role of symmetry in life, and particularly in the sciences. ... The topics are as varied as the science itself. Anyone reading it will never again look on science, art, or nature with quite the same eyes.'
Sir John Cornforth, Nobel Laureate, University of Sussex, England
'They follow, in fascinating detail, lines of development where the relaxation of an imposed or imagined symmetry has led to the deepening of scientific insight... There is always a wonderful interplay between scientific and artistic endeavors... The story is fascinatingly instructive, and displays scintillating gems of scientific thought. Written by avid collectors of oral history, the book includes lengthy quotations from interviews with contemporary scientists, some evidently published here for the first time. These quotations bring the story to life, and generate insights that could not be gained from reading the scientific literature... Each chapter is dedicated to an iconic figure of science and art, and contains a series of linked short essays. Like the faces of a polyhedron, the subject matter of one essay fits closely to several others, and the authors have personally chosen a structure that is fascinatingly non-symmetrical.'
Nature (August 2000)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306460913
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Edition description: 2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • 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.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)