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Archimedes

From Summetria to Symmetry: The Making of a Revolutionary Scientific Concept

Authors: Hon, Giora, Goldstein, Bernard R.

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  • Symmetry is a key concept in modern science
  • Its history has been distorted for various reasons
  • A critical account of the history of the concept sheds light on the dynamics of scientific change and the role of concepts in theory formation
  • The transition from the aesthetic concept of symmetry to its scientific usage is analyzed for the first time
  • Legendre’s pivotal role has not been noted at all in the secondary literature
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The concept of symmetry is inherent to modern science, and its evolution has a complex history that richly exemplifies the dynamics of scientific change. This study is based on primary sources, presented in context: the authors examine closely the trajectory of the concept in the mathematical and scientific disciplines as well as its trajectory in art and architecture. The principal goal is to demonstrate that, despite the variety of usages in many different domains, there is a conceptual unity underlying the invocation of symmetry in the period from antiquity to the 1790s which is distinct from the scientific usages of this term that first emerged in France at the end of the 18th century. The key figure in revolutionizing the concept of symmetry is the mathematician, Adrien-Marie Legendre. His achievements in solid geometry (1794) are contrasted with the views of the philosopher, Immanuel Kant, on the directionality of space (1768).


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“Hon and Goldstein’s book is, primarily, a historical study of the term ‘symmetry’ and the concepts associated with it up to the early 1800s. … a contribution to fruitful discussion between historians and philosophers of science. … For philosophers of science, such historical work is invaluable.”­­­ (Katherine Brading, Metascience, Vol. 19, March, 2010)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
From Summetria to Symmetry: The Making of a Revolutionary Scientific Concept
Authors
Series Title
Archimedes
Series Volume
20
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-8448-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-8448-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-8447-8
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7884-1
Series ISSN
1385-0180
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 336
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