Is God symmetrical

Does God think symmetrically?

"God always drives geometry," is supposed to have said Plato. Stewart and Golubitsky show what he could have meant by this: Symmetry is omnipresent in nature, it seems to be a fundamental principle in the formation of patterns. In contrast to conventional symmetry books, the authors do not regard symmetry as a static, but as a dynamic phenomenon - symmetry includes breaking symmetry. The basic question is: where does symmetry come from? Where did she go With this in mind, Stewart and Golubitsky investigate symmetry in all areas of nature: symmetry in mathematics and geometry, the symmetry of crystals, symmetry breaking in space and time. In addition, they investigate the question of why galaxies are spiral-shaped and investigate symmetry and symmetry breaking in the development of the universe, but also their role in biology and in the latest physics. The connection between symmetry and dynamics represents a completely new aspect, the question of how symmetrical patterns arise from chaotic processes. A separate chapter is devoted to this new problem in chaos research. The importance of symmetry and symmetry breaking as a structure-forming principle in nature results from the diversity of the areas covered. So does God think symmetrically? - Like Plato, the two authors answer this question with an unreserved yes.

The symmetrically thinking God is a pantheist who always adopted the right kind of geometry for the occasion. He used Euclidean geometry to make the shape of your body symmetrical, conformal geometry to map your visual senses into your brain, differential geometry to stretch muscle fibers through your heart, Riemannian geometry to add to the universe and gravity and the symplectic geometry so that it becomes light.

Stewart and Golubitsky are hard on the trail of this symmetrically thinking god. The most diverse areas of nature are examined for symmetries - but a basic principle always guides the representation and distinguishes it from other symmetry books: Symmetry is not understood as a static phenomenon, rather symmetry also includes breaking symmetry. The authors deal with dynamic processes in which symmetry is either destroyed or created. Particular attention is paid to the connection between chaos and symmetry, a completely new field of activity in chaos research.

Ian Stewart, known to the public for his hit book Does God Play Roulette?, together with co-author Golubitsky, has also used his recipe for success in this second volume of his popular scientific works on fundamental phenomena of nature:

He dealt with his subject in a comprehensive and extremely entertaining way. In clear and easily understandable language, illustrated by many examples from nature, symmetry and symmetry breaking is also brought closer to the layman.