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Emmy Noether's Wonderful Theorem

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A beautiful piece of mathematics, Noether's Theorem touches on every aspect of physics. Emmy Noether proved her theorem in 1915 and published it in 1918. This profound concept demonstrates the connection between conservation laws and symmetries. For instance, the theorem shows that a system invariant under translations of time, space, or rotation will obey the laws of cons ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published November 16th 2010 by Johns Hopkins University Press (first published September 12th 2010)
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Mar 31, 2015 Manny rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I picked up this book because the first time I heard of Emmy Noether I was already a tenured physics professor, and this seemed a glaring omission that I wanted to understand. The truth turns out to be that it wasn't that I'd never seen applications of her theorem connecting symmetry and conservation, but the person behind it had been left out of all explanations of it. Did I miss hearing about Noether because I was an observational astronomer in grad school and really didn't pay any more attent ...more
At the onset I treated this book as a hybrid between a popular physics book and a text book, perhaps something like Feynman's QED. I may have been right for the first few chapters but that perspective made reading the second half of this book a real challenge! Having gotten through it I would more accurately describe this as being an enthralling, elegant and readable textbook. Suitable for the physics graduate student and beyond, Emmy Noether's Wonderful Theorem begins by reviewing variational c ...more
Mark Johnson
I got this monograph because I one of my fictional characters becomes obsessed with Emmy Noether (he is a math geek who gets dumped by his wife). While I cannot recommend this book to anyone who isn't a math geek, I would urge everyone who has never heard of Emmy Noether to check out her Wikipedia page at This puts the lie to the notion that 'woman aren't hard-wired to understand mathematics'. In addition to Noether's theorem, which has been described as ...more
Ken Rideout
What a great book this would have been for me back as a young grad student (or older undergrad?). The math was just a little beyond me now-a-days, but I recognize most of it as things I supposedly could do back in the day. This book puts it all in a nice package and motivates it all with central themes and over-arching aesthetic sensibilities. Finding common ground in classical conservation laws, quantum mechanics, and principles of least action. I actually spent time looking at every page even ...more
Jeffrey Perren
Superb, but highly technical textbook of Noether's work on the relation of mathematical symmetry to physical laws.
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