Symmetry

A Mathematical Exploration

Authors: Tapp, Kristopher

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  • Symmetry is an ideal topic for a one semester math course for non-math majors
  • Includes many topics commonly found in sampler courses, but weaves these topics into a single compelling story about symmetry
  • Encourages effective analytical thinking and exposes non-math majors to elegant mathematical ideas
  • Contains excellent exercises for the intended audience; these exercises should help students attain good understanding of the main points
  • Hints of humor and easily accessible language coupled with a plethora of exercises provides the necessary motivation for a non-math major in a math-oriented class
  • Contains hundreds of beautiful illustrations
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About this Textbook

This textbook is perfect for a math course for non-math majors, with the goal of encouraging effective analytical thinking and exposing students to elegant mathematical ideas.  It includes many topics commonly found in sampler courses, like Platonic solids, Euler’s formula, irrational numbers, countable sets, permutations, and a proof of the Pythagorean Theorem.  All of these topics serve a single compelling goal: understanding the mathematical patterns underlying the symmetry that we observe in the physical world around us.

The exposition is engaging, precise and rigorous.  The theorems are visually motivated with intuitive proofs appropriate for the intended audience.  Students from all majors will enjoy the many beautiful topics herein, and will come to better appreciate the powerful cumulative nature of mathematics as these topics are woven together into a single fascinating story about the ways in which objects can be symmetric.

About the authors

Kristopher Tapp is currently a mathematics professor at Saint Joseph's University.  He is the author of 17 research papers and one well-reviewed undergraduate textbook, Matrix Groups for Undergraduates.  He has been awarded two National Science Foundation research grants and several teaching awards.  He lives in the Philadelphia area with his wife and daughter, whose pictures appear in this book.

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“The author starts with a very concrete introduction to symmetry in the plane, using rigid motions for a definition. … The book can serve very well as an introduction to algebraic combinatorics for math students and also for many interested students of other fields, specially Computer Science and natural sciences.” (Ulrich Knaner, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1233, 2012)

“In this book Tapp uses a large number of high-quality colored images to illustrate various properties derived from symmetry as well as to introduce students to the supporting mathematics … . a vital resource for teachers of children as they try to get young minds interested in learning mathematics. … an excellent text for math courses for non-math majors, as it will teach them math without seeming to do so. Artists, in particular, will find a great deal that they can apply in their work.” (Charles Ashbacher, The Mathematical Association of America, February, 2012)

“This textbook provides a great journey to the wonderful world of symmetry and shows how to understand and study it. … The textbook is suitable for both mathematics and non-mathematics majors, as only high school algebra is needed to understand the material. All necessary definitions and notations are provided and highlighted, so it is not difficult to find them if needed. … this textbook can also be beneficial for graduate students and undergraduates who take upper-level classes in mathematics.” (Natali Hritonenko, Mathematical Reviews, January, 2013)


Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Symmetry
Book Subtitle
A Mathematical Exploration
Authors
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-0299-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-0299-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-0298-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-4247-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 215
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