From Summetria to Symmetry: The Making of a Revolutionary Scientific Concept

Giora Hon, Bernard R. Goldstein

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ymmetry is a key concept in modern science

Its history has been distorted for various reasons

A critical account of the history of the concept sheds light on the dynamics of scientific change and the role of concepts in theory formation

The transition from the aesthetic concept of symmetry to its scientific usage is analyzed for the first time

Legendre’s pivotal role has not been noted at all in the secondary literature
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDordrecht
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages350
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4020-8448-5
ISBN (Print)978-90-481-7884-1, 978-1-4020-8447-8
StatePublished - 2008

Publication series

NameArchimedes: New Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
ISSN (Print)1385-0180
ISSN (Electronic)2215-0064

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank the following institutions for their support of this project and for providing favorable conditions for our collaboration: University of Haifa, University of Pittsburgh, Center for Philosophy of Science (Pittsburgh), Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin), the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (Wassenaar), the Dibner Institute, Konstanz University, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy


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