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Symmetry in Art and Nature

  • Thomas D. Rossing
  • Christopher J. Chiaverina
Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Contemporary Physics book series (UTCP)


A definition of symmetry found in the dictionary is “beauty of form arising from balanced proportions.” That is a nice definition, we think, in that it points out the beauty in symmetry; but it doesn’t tell the whole story.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas D. Rossing
    • 1
  • Christopher J. Chiaverina
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsNorthern Illinois UniversityDe KalbUSA
  2. 2.Science DepartmentNew Trier High SchoolWinnetkaUSA

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