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By Giora Hon

The idea that of symmetry is inherent to fashionable technological know-how, and its evolution has a fancy historical past that richly exemplifies the dynamics of medical switch. This research is predicated on basic resources, awarded in context: the authors learn heavily the trajectory of the concept that within the mathematical and clinical disciplines in addition to its trajectory in paintings and structure. The valuable target is to illustrate that, regardless of the diversity of usages in lots of assorted domain names, there's a conceptual harmony underlying the invocation of symmetry within the interval from antiquity to the 1790s that is exact from the clinical usages of this time period that first emerged in France on the finish of the 18th century. the foremost determine in revolutionizing the idea that of symmetry is the mathematician, Adrien-Marie Legendre. His achievements in strong geometry (1794) are contrasted with the perspectives of the thinker, Immanuel Kant, at the directionality of area (1768).

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The concept that of symmetry is inherent to trendy technological know-how, and its evolution has a posh historical past that richly exemplifies the dynamics of medical switch. This learn relies on basic assets, offered in context: the authors study heavily the trajectory of the concept that within the mathematical and medical disciplines in addition to its trajectory in paintings and structure.

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43 Chester 2002, 111–112. 44 Weyl refers very briefly to quantum mechanics in his Symmetry, explicitly informing the reader that he will “refrain from giving . . g, Weyl 1928. In his study of classical groups, Weyl appeals to symmetry as a precisely defined technical term which does not function as an argument (see Weyl [1939] 1966) but, in his philosophical works on mathematics and physics, Weyl points out the well known use of symmetry arguments in developing probability theories (Weyl and Helmer [1927] 1949, 197).

113 Roche 1987, 3. 34 1 Introduction try in the same way that Kepler’s nested regular solids and cosmic harmonies are. ” As Roche sees it, beginning with Aristotle “the commitment to a circularly symmetric astronomy . . was . . 4). Indeed, the title of Kepler’s major work is Astronomia nova AITIOΛOΓ HTOΣ, sev physica coelestis (New Astronomy Based on Causes, or Celestial Physics), and it indicates that he is concerned with causal explanations. Kepler argues that, in the absence of solid celestial spheres,115 astronomers have been unable to provide an adequate physical explanation for planetary motion.

These are not mere details that detract from an otherwise sound argument (nor is it related to the “crude and selective” nature of the paper as Roche cautions),113 for we fail to see any support for the linkage between the texts he examined. While it could be argued that Roche succeeded in his project as he understood it, in our view that project is flawed. A few examples will suffice to illustrate our critique. Roche thinks that the principle of the uniformity of nature is just an example of symme107 Roche 1987, 4, n.

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