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Symmetry: The Ordering Principle (Wooden Books Gift Book) [Paperback]

David Wade
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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Wooden Books (22 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904263518
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904263517
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 15.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Why on earth do cars have the same symmetry as dragonflies? Is there really a beautiful swirling pattern lurking in every dripping tap? What do insect eggs have in common with planets, and why? In this exquisite book, the smallest and most concise ever produced, designer David Wade introduces the main principles of symmetry, and shows how, despite opinions over exactly what it is, symmetry can be found in almost every corner of science, nature and human culture.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book 22 Nov 2009
This is a great little book on Symmetry. I think it would be hard to imagine a better job in the space. David Wade takes the reader through all of the main symmetry groups and introduces the reader to some of the philosophical issues around symmetry. A very useful book for artists and designers. Very highly recommended.
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This small and concise book shows and tells you everything you didn't know about symmetry in all its forms, drawing from art, nature and physics (gravity is symmetric...?). Beautifully designed and printed, even if some of the hundreds of illustrations are small, they are brilliantly clear. The balance of words and pictures is roughly 50/50. The text is well written - you won't be overly bombarded with wordy explanations - the illustrations are simply stunning enough to lose yourself in. As an Artist/designer/ecologist it has helped me in expanding my understanding of pattern. It was wonderfully informative. All this in only 64 pages! I will certainly be checking out some really interesting looking titles in this series. Hope they're all as good as this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful gift for a friend 16 Jan 2012
I bought this book as a present for a friend who loves symmetry! So far she's told me it's so beautiful she wants to eat it. I think that's a good review.
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3.0 out of 5 stars symmetry in all its forms 6 Mar 2011
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This is the second of the little booklets, published by Wooden Books, which investigates really fascinating aspects of the natural world (as well as of the mind) in small digestable snippets for the interested reader.

This time its the concept and prevalence of symmetry as it is found in all manner of phenomena such as crystal structures, the Platonic solids, animal body plans, in physics and art.

Firstly, the book shows the reader how symmetry arises in the first place, in other words it answers the question: how is symmetry possible? An answer to such a question involves a set of identical objects or patterns, which are arranged in some form of (usually infinite) pattern whereby one such object may be transformed into the other with a simple operation such as a reflection about a line, a rotation about a point or a translation along a line. These kinds of transformations are the simplest forms of symmetry operations which maintain patternm invariance. The next set of far more intersting kinds of transformatioon are constant dilation symmetries whereby an object is magnified in size along a set of curves followed by fractal symmetries whereby the pattern present in one length scale persists into multiple, higher scales. Naturally, this automatically leads into the idea of asymmetry and also dynamic symmetry wheresymmetry is created as part of a process.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another gem from Wooden Books 17 Jan 2013
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A fabulous book, full of beauty, inspiration and deep insights. I can recommend it to anyone with an interest in nature, geometry or arts.
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