The Ambidextrous Universe: Left, Right, and the Fall of Parity by Martin Gardner
This is a used copy of Author Martin Gardner's book The Ambidextrous Universe: Left, Right, and the Fall of Parity. The worldwide mathematical community was saddened by the death of Martin Gardner on May 22, 2010. Martin was 95 years old when he died, and had written 70 or 80 books during his long lifetime as an author. In this book, Gardner opens with an examination of the subject of mirror reflection, and symmetry in geometry, poetry, art, music, galaxies, suns, planets, and living organisms. Next, Gardner investigates how symmetry and asymmetry have emerged from the beginning of life on Earth. The following share of the book concerns various aspects of atomic and subatomic physics and how they relate to mirror asymmetry and the related concepts of chirality, antimatter, magnetic and electrical polarity, parity, charge, and spin. Lastly, Gardner examines time invariance (and reversal).
In the Author's Own Words:
"Politicians, real-estate agents, used-car salesmen, and advertising copy-writers are expected to stretch facts in self-serving directions, but scientists who falsify their results are regarded by their peers as committing an inexcusable crime. Yet the sad fact is that the history of science swarms with cases of outright fakery and instances of scientists who unconsciously distorted their work by seeing it through lenses of passionately held beliefs."
"A surprising proportion of mathematicians are accomplished musicians. Is it because music and mathematics share patterns that are beautiful?" — Martin Gardner