Symmetry through the Eyes of a Chemist / Edition 3

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This is the first book to comprehensively survey chemistry from the point of view of symmetry. It contains many examples from chemistry as well as from other fields which emphasize the unifying nature of the symmetry concept.
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Editorial Reviews

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“This has to be the most delightful book on symmetry ever written!” F.L. Pilar, Elementary Quantum Chemistry

“The book gives a fascinating overview of the rich variety of applications of symmetry, showing both its power and its aesthetic appeal.” Science

“Education by aesthetic appeal.” Nature

“The cosmopolitan eye… good-humored and clearly delighted by diversity, informs this entire book. The work offers a broad new perspective.” Scientific American

“In the refreshing style of scientists with an almost renaissance versatility.” New Scientist

“This beautiful book… looks at symmetry as a unifying theme in the nature of things.” Mathematical Reviews

“…gives the reader a broad perspective…” The Mathematical Intelligencer

“An outstanding book that succeeds admirably on a number of levels…” Bowker’s Good Reading

“I warmly recommend it to all chemists.” Journal of Chemical Education

“Succeeds not only in demonstrating how central [in] the study of all fields of chemistry symmetry consideration [is] but how these same concepts of symmetry can be traced through all our cultural traditions unifying and contrasting diverse endeavors in literature, music, and art.” Journal of the American Chemical Society

“The book…to which I shall return frequently and with considerable pleasure.” Chemistry and Industry

From the reviews of the third edition:

"This book … is the first to include introductory chapters devoted to each of these manifestations of symmetry. … Magdolna Hargittai and Istvin Hargittai … provide a variety of examples of symmetry in art and decoration, and use examples from these areas throughout the book to illustrate chemical concepts. This work is useful for academic and professional chemists, and could even be of interest and possible inspiration to designers and artists. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals; general readers." (A. Fry, Choice, Vol. 47 (1), September, 2009)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402056277
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 3/16/2009
  • Edition description: 3rd ed. 2009
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 520
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Magdolna Hargittai and István Hargittai are PhD’s (Eötvös University), DSc’s (Hungarian Academy of Sciences), and Dr.h.c.’s (University of North Carolina). They are currently affiliated with the Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry and Materials Structure and Modeling Research Group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. They are also members of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Academia Europaea (London).

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Table of Contents

Preface.- Introduction.- Simple and Combined Symmetries.- Molecular Shape and Geometry.- Helpful Mathematical Tools.- Molecular Vibrations.- Electronic Structure of Atoms and Molecules.- Chemical Reactions.- Space-Group Symmetries.- Crystals.- Epilogue.

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