Why Beauty is Truth
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Symmetry has been a key idea for artists, architects and musicians for centuries, but within mathematics it remained, until quite recently, an arcane pursuit. Then, in the 20th century, symmetry emerged as central to the most fundamental ideas in physics and cosmology. In this book, the mathematician Ian Stewart tells the peculiar history of the concept and the eccentric and occasionally tragic geniuses who grappled with it, from ancient Babylon to 21st century physics. Slightly off-mint.