May 04, 2007

Beauty is Truth – A short history of symmetry

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/audio/more/symmetry/

I am very pleased to publish the first podcast mini-series we’ve done – A short history of symmetry with Professor Ian Stewart.

This is a series of 7 episodes (first two available today) focussing on key chapters of his new book, Why Beauty is Truth.

We’ve pushed the boat out a bit here – we have music!

It will prove to be a really interesting exercise – is this a format and approach that will be attractive; will it sell more books! We shall wait and see.

So, check out episode 1 and 2 – an introduction to symmetry in maths and physics and an overview of Babylonian mathematics, Greek geometry and a breif appearance by Omar Kyham.

In the next few weeks:

  • Renaissance Mathemeticians getting shirty with each other
  • Revolutionary mathematics in revolutionary France – a tale of tragedy, misunderstandings and an idea that reshaped most of physics and mathematics
  • What the physicists did next – Einstein and symmetry
  • Symmetry gets tough – quantum mechanics
  • An equation for every occasion – string, superstring theory and symmetry (plus a bonus track (cough) – what about an asymmetric universe?)

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