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The New Ambidextrous Universe

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"What makes Gardner so appealing is his ease in exploring deep ideas . . . and making them accessible to the interested but nontechnical reader. This is a special talent and no one has ever displayed it quite as well as he does." — Los Angeles Times
"Absorbing; enlightening; lucid; witty; inventive. An exemplar of science writing at its very best." — American Mathematical M
Paperback, 3rd revised, 416 pages
Published July 26th 2005 by Dover Publications (first published 1990)
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Sep 01, 2012 Julio rated it liked it
Shelves: ciencia
Interesante libro. Empieza con un promisorio capítulo sobre espejos y va ampliando y expandiendo la idea de la simetría (o su ruptura) en otros ámbitos, incluso la música, la vida y el universo. A pesar del orden impuesto a los capítulos y el esfuerzo de continuidad, no tiene una estructura orgánica que lleve a una conclusión global sobre la simetría. Es más un acumulado erudito, ordenado e interesante de muchos temas donde la simetría esta inmiscuida o es crucial. No todos los libros de ciencia ...more
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Feb 04, 2015 James F rated it liked it
Martin Gardner is probably best known for his column in Scientific American and his popular and recreational books on mathematics. The Ambidextrous Universe was first published in 1964, somewhat revised in 1979, and more thoroughly revised in 1990 under the title The New Ambidextrous Universe (the subtitles were also different). This is a Dover reprint of that 1990 book with a couple pages of added notes at the end from 2005. The history is somewhat too apparent as some chapters seem to reflect ...more
Ami Iida
Jul 08, 2015 Ami Iida rated it it was amazing
Shelves: physics
This document is intended to dealing symmetry.
The body of the climax is the symmetry breaking .
This is the breakthrough discovery of the 20th century quantum mechanics.
Other symmetry interesting topic is packed.
Jim Razinha
Nov 21, 2012 Jim Razinha rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. I see why it was nominated as one of the New Scientist 25 Most Influential Popular Science books. I have long counted Gardner's Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science as one of the most influential science books I have read and this is as excellent in a different way.

Covering symmetry and parity from biological to cosmological to quantum scales, Gardner is at his typical best in summarizing broad subjects and tantalizing the reader with intriguing depths. How he managed to fin
Carmen Mandel
Jan 14, 2010 Carmen Mandel rated it it was amazing
" An impressive treatise on symmetry"
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Martin Gardner was an American mathematics and science writer specializing in recreational mathematics, but with interests encompassing micromagic, stage magic, literature (especially the writings of Lewis Carroll), philosophy, scientific skepticism, and religion. He wrote the Mathematical Games column in Scientific American from 1956 to 1981, and published over 70 books.
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