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Symmetry through the Eyes of a Chemist (Paperback)
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Symmetry through the Eyes of a Chemist (Paperback)

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It is gratifying to launch the third edition of our book. Its coming to life testi?es about the task it has ful?lled in the service of the com- nity of chemical research and learning. As we noted in the Prefaces to the ?rst and second editions, our book surveys chemistry from the point of view of symmetry. We present many examples from ch- istry as well as from other ?elds to emphasize the unifying nature of the symmetry concept. Our aim has been to provide aesthetic pl- sure in addition to learning experience. In our ?rst Preface we paid tribute to two books in particular from which we learned a great deal; they have in?uenced signi?cantly our approach to the subject matter of our book. They are Weyl's classic, Symmetry, and Shubnikov and Koptsik's Symmetry in Science and Art. The structure of our book has not changed. Following the Int- duction (Chapter 1), Chapter 2 presents the simplest symmetries using chemical and non-chemical examples. Molecular geometry is discussed in Chapter 3. The next four chapters present gro- theoretical methods (Chapter 4) and, based on them, discussions of molecular vibrations (Chapter 5), electronic structures (Chapter 6), and chemical reactions (Chapter 7). For the last two chapters we return to a qualitative treatment and introduce space-group sym- tries (Chapter 8), concluding with crystal structures (Chapter 9). For the third edition we have further revised and streamlined our text and renewed the illustrative material.

Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9789048136896
Number of pages: 520
Weight: 1630 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 27 mm
Edition: 3rd ed. 2009


Reviews of previous editions

"This has to be the most delightful book on symmetry ever written!" F.L. Pilar, Elementary Quantum Chemistry

"The book gives a fascinating overview of the rich variety of applications of symmetry, showing both its power and its aesthetic appeal." Science

"Education by aesthetic appeal." Nature

"The cosmopolitan eye... good-humored and clearly delighted by diversity, informs this entire book. The work offers a broad new perspective." Scientific American

"In the refreshing style of scientists with an almost renaissance versatility." New Scientist

"This beautiful book... looks at symmetry as a unifying theme in the nature of things." Mathematical Reviews

" the reader a broad perspective..." The Mathematical Intelligencer

"An outstanding book that succeeds admirably on a number of levels..." Bowker's Good Reading

"I warmly recommend it to all chemists." Journal of Chemical Education

"Succeeds not only in demonstrating how central [in] the study of all fields of chemistry symmetry consideration [is] but how these same concepts of symmetry can be traced through all our cultural traditions unifying and contrasting diverse endeavors in literature, music, and art." Journal of the American Chemical Society

"The which I shall return frequently and with considerable pleasure." Chemistry and Industry

From the reviews of the third edition:

"This book ... is the first to include introductory chapters devoted to each of these manifestations of symmetry. ... Magdolna Hargittai and Istvin Hargittai ... provide a variety of examples of symmetry in art and decoration, and use examples from these areas throughout the book to illustrate chemical concepts. This work is useful for academic and professional chemists, and could even be of interest and possible inspiration to designers and artists. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals; general readers." (A. Fry, Choice, Vol. 47 (1), September, 2009)

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