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The meaning of symmetry

  • William Martin McClainEmail author
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Proportion, harmony, balance, and beauty of form are terms invoked in dictionaries to explain the meaning of the word symmetry. But the formal study of symmetry must begin with a much simpler, more precise definition.

Keywords

Transformation Rule Mirror Plane Ammonia Molecule Symmetry Theory Geometric Symmetry 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ChemistryWayne State UniversityDetroitUSA

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