Why Beauty Is Truth: A History of Symmetry
By Ian Stewart
Why this book?
This book is a brilliant interweaving of politics, history, and intrigue, with characters living ordinary lives, described in the spirit of a Russian novel. With one story threading into another, the book moves us forwards. We fly over the tall mountains, misty valleys, and green fields of current abstract maths and fundamental physics to witness the true beauties of truth. And in the end, Stewart confesses: “No one could have predicted that a pedantic question about equations could reveal the deep structure of the physical world, but that is exactly what's happened.”
As with many of Stewart’s books, Why Beauty is Truth is a joy to read. It brings us through current material with ease of understanding and out oversimplifying. I love the way Stewart uses tangible examples to describe the fundamental forces of nature as he escorts us with clarity through so many eloquent connections between mathematics and physics. It is a book about symmetry, but so much more. With stories threading through each other, we learn about the ordinary lives of mathematicians and scientists with a braided by politics, history, and intrigue, as well as the fascinating connections between mathematics and the scientific structures of the natural world.
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