Abstract.The Nexus Network Journal Virtual Library is an annotated bibliography of books related to studies in architecture and mathematics. Books that are available for purchase are linked to Amazon.com. This page features books on symmetry.

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Baglivo, Jenny A. and Jack E. Graver. Incidence and Symmetry in Design and Architecture (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983).Out of print.

Crowe, Donald W. and Dorothy K. Washburn. Symmetries of Culture: Theory and Practice of Plane Pattern Analysis. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 1988.

Edwards, Edward V. Pattern and Design with Dynamic Symmetry, 1932. (Rpt. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1967). "This book is probably the most successful and interesting practical application to emerge from the strikingly original theory of dynamic symmetry developed by Jay Hambidge" (Comments from the book's cover).

Field, Michael and Martin Golubitsky, Symmetry in Chaos: A Search for Pattern in Mathematics, Art and Nature (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992).

Field, Michael and Martin Golubitsky. Chaotische Symmetrien, Micha Lotrovsky, trans. (Basel: Birkhauser, 1993). German translation of Symmetry in Chaos.

Field, Michael and Martin Golubitsky. La Symetrie du Chaos, Christian Jeanmougin, trans. (Paris: Inter Editions, 1993). French translation of Symmetry in Chaos

Hambidge, Jay. The Elements of Dynamic Symmetry, 1948 (rpt. New York: Dover Publications, 1967). "Part I contains the fundamental rectangles with their simple divisions based on the proportioning law found in nature; Part II the compound rectangles with their more subtle subdivisons, many of which were taken from or suggested by analysis of objects of Greek art. The elementary principles in Part I will give the student a working use of the idea. Much of Part II may be used for reference and for further study" (From the book's Preface).

Hargittai, István and Magdolna Hargittai. Symmetry: A Unifying Concept (Bolinas, California: Shelter Publications, 1994). "A fascinating, highly-visual journey through the worlds of symmetry, with 550 photos and some 300 drawings. From Snowflakes to starfish, from dandelions to BMW's, from fences to Finonacci, and from crystals to Coke machines, this is a thought-provoking and stimulating display of visual imagery...describing 15 aspects of symmetry...It will help you train your eye and mind to see new patterns and make new connections" (Comments from the book's cover).

Hargittai, István and Clifford Pickover, eds. Spiral Symmetry (World Scientific Publishing, 1992).

Kepes, G. (ed.). Module, Proportion, Symmetry, Rhythm (New York: George Braziller, 1966). Out of stock.

Leyton, Michael. Symmetry, Causality, Mind. (Cambridge MA: MIT Press, 1999). Referenced in Michael Leyton's article in NNJ vol.3 no.3.

Shepard, Anna O. The Symmetry of Abstract Design with Special Reference to Ceramic Decoration (Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Institution of Washington).

Slavik, Jablan. Theory of Symmetry and Ornament. (Belgrade, Yugoslavia: Matematicki Institut, 1995). If you are interested in knowing more about this book, send an e-mail to Jablan Slavik.

Stevens, Peter S. and C. Peter Stevens. Handbook of Regular Patterns : An Introduction to Symmetry in Two Dimensions. (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1992).

Stewart, Ian and Martin Golubitsky. Fearful Symmetry: Is God a Geometer? (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1993).

Stewart, Ian and Martin Golubitsky. Denkt Gott Symmetrisch? Das Ebenmass in Mathematik und Natur, Hanjo Schnug, trans. (Basel: Birkhauser Verlag, 1993). German edition of Fearful Symmetry.

Stewart, Ian and Martin Golubitsky. Turings Tijger, Hanbs van Cuijlenborg, trans. (Utrecht: Epsilon Uitgaven, 1994). Dutch edition of Fearful Symmetry.

Stewart, Ian and Martin Golubitsky. Terribili simmetrie: Dio è un geometra? (Torino: Bollati Borighieri, 1995). Italian edition of Fearful Symmetry.

Washburn, Dorothy K. and Donald W. Crowe. Symmetries of Culture: Theory and Practice of Plane Pattern Analysis (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1988; paperback ed., 1991).

Weyl, Hermann. Symmetry. Princeton Science Library (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1980). "This is a wonderful book that relates the mathematical concept of symmetry to the concept of symmetry as it is used in architecture and the arts. It also discusses symmetry in nature" (Comments by Carl Bovill, author of Fractal Geometry in Architecture and Design).

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