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  • Author:
    Martin Gardner
  • ISBN:
    0716720922
  • ISBN13:
    978-0716720928
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    W.H. Freeman; Revised edition (1990)
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    392 pages
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Every decade Gardner updates this book. Gardner revised the book twice and the last third is all new material. He is forced to become more abstract and the book loses some of its charm

Every decade Gardner updates this book. What Gardner does best is frame the new theories within a historical perspective. For example, he says it is impossible not to compare string theory with Lord Kelvin's (W. Thompson) 1958 theory of vortex strings. He is forced to become more abstract and the book loses some of its charm. Because there is T in CPT, he talks about time and time reversal. And anti-matter (which have reversed charges).

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The Ambidextrous Universe is a popular science book by Martin Gardner, covering aspects of symmetry and asymmetry in human culture, science and the wider universe.

American Mathematical MonthlyA substantial revision of Martin Gardner's earlier well-known work on mirror symmetry and asymmetry, The New Ambidextrous Universe takes readers on an extraordinary journey. With Gardner’s guidance, they explore the two fundamental scientific discoveries of the past century: the asymmetric DNA helix and the overthrow of parity (left-right symmetry) in particle physics. Along the way, students will find absorbing and thought-provoking treatments of some of the deepest mysteries in modern physics.

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American Mathematical Monthly A substantial revision of Martin Gardner's earlier well-known work on mirror symmetry and asymmetry, The New Ambidextrous Universe takes readers on an extraordinary journey.

Martin Gardner takes an entertaining look at one of man's most puzzling . Symmetry and Asymmetry from Mirror Reflections to Superstrings. Absorbing and thought-provoking, The New Ambidextrous Universe was written by Martin Gardner, one of Dover's most popular authors,.

Martin Gardner takes an entertaining look at one of man's most puzzling questions: Is the universe symmetrical? This book is a popular survey of mirror symmetry. The New Ambidextrous Universe : Symmetry and Asymmetry from Mirror Reflections to Superstrings.

Absorbing and thought-provoking, The New Ambidextrous Universe was written by. .

Absorbing and thought-provoking, The New Ambidextrous Universe was written by Martin Gardner, one of Dover's most popular authors . What makes Gardner so appealing is his ease in exploring deep ideas. 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. Author of more than 60 books, Martin Gardner has influenced and inspired generations of scientists, scholars, and other readers, especially those with an interest in mathematics.

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Martin Gardner takes an entertaining look at one of man's most puzzling questions: Is the universe symmetrical? This book is a popular survey of mirror symmetry (left vs. right) and asymmetry, and the significant roles they play in such diverse fields as mathematics, physics, art, music, poetry, and more!

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Every decade Gardner updates this book. The five new chapters in the 1990 edition, including material on twistors and superstrings, are well worth the price. What Gardner does best is frame the new theories within a historical perspective. For example, he says it is impossible not to compare string theory with Lord Kelvin's (W. Thompson) 1958 theory of vortex strings. Vortex string theory was fashionable for at least fifty years. Gardner shows the vortex string theory and the superstring theory to be kissing cousins: Lord Kelvin used perfect fluid to refer to the superstring quantum vacuum -- both referring to the same sub-space area. String theory speaks of vibrating frequencies of energy while vortex rings were also vibrating frequencies that gave the atoms different properties. Instead of quantum foam with jittering virtual particles, vortex theory had vortex sponges with billions of vortex motions whirling in all directions.
Gardner's account of Roger Penrose's twistor theory is short and excellent. Physicists have gotten tangled up trying to speak of deeper down events which are hidden from view due to their sub-Planck length size (10 to the minus 33rd power of a centimeter). Here it is pointed out that "on a sufficiently small scale the concept of a space-time point evaporates in the complex space of twistor theory." Twistor theory, like superstring theory, was merely trying to formulate how the submicroscopic particles come into being. Both theories consist of math and lack any experimental verification. To repeat, the author discusses these obtuse theories in a way that frames their overall direction of thought. Gardner appears to agree with Howard George who calls superstring theory a "recreational mathematical theology." The bottom line -- both twistor and string theory are philosophy -- not physics.
ZloyGenii
You've always wondered why your image, in a mirror, is asymmetrically reversed horizontally but not vertically, right? Martin Gardner will explain how that works in chapter 1. May provide hints for new pick-up lines to start interesting conversations also.
Goktilar
i own a copy and bought one for dad. a great read. delivered on time and as expected
Syleazahad
I read a previous edition of this book and enjoyed it very much. This revised edition also did not disappoint. The book is written a lot like his old Scientific American columns -- there are nice illustrations and exercises (with answers) throughout. The explanations are very clear on topics ranging from symmetry (or the lack thereof), biology, higher dimensions, parity, time reversal, and ending with superstrings. A great read.
Opimath
Even if you aren't taking a course in physics, this is a great book to read. It covers so many topics, your head will be spinning.
MisterMax
Good interesting material. Implicit is a review of 20th century physics. A must read for left-handed people, but enjoyable and instructive for all
Purebinder
Pure genius. I had a much earlier edition of this book - possibly the first - and enjoyed it immensely. When I saw it was updated, I ordered it immediately, and love the additional chapters. Martin Gardner has an exceptional ability to convey mathematical concepts in a straightforward, intuitive way, and he's in top form here.
The first two thirds of this book is a lightly revised version of the first edition, written in the early 1960s. It is largely about mirror symmetry and handedness. I found it delightful, full of diagrams, analogies, and examples that aren't hard-core physics. It is geometrical and concrete, helping me to visualize the points he was making. Up until 1956, most all scientists felt that the universe was deeply symmetrical but a series of experiments showed that was not the case. Gardner wrote the book to try to explain what that meant.

Science moved on. It turned out that this lack of symmetry occurred in all interactions involving the "weak force." However, if you combined charge, parity (handedness), and time, and generalized the idea of symmetry to mean an invariance, this CPT combination was symmetric. Gardner revised the book twice and the last third is all new material. He is forced to become more abstract and the book loses some of its charm. Because there is T in CPT, he talks about time and time reversal. And anti-matter (which have reversed charges). And neutrinos, monopoles, entropy, twistor theory and string theory. He does as good a job as he can but this part of the book does not hang together nearly as well as the rest. It's also a little sad, because pretty much nothing useful has come of twistor theory or string theory in the 23 years since he wrote.

Don't be fooled. Though this book carries a 2005 publishing date, it has not been revised since 1990. It is, however, a wonderful introduction to symmetry and "chirality" (handedness). Most of the first part will never go out of date. Read it, and if you want to bring the story forward, try Symmetry and the Beautiful Universe, by Lederman and Hill (2008) for a different, more abstract treatment.