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Asymmetry:A Hidden Beauty Within Symmetry 1. Introduction 2. The Motif: Types of Symmetries I. Bilateral II. Translational III. Rotational 3. Variation.

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2 Asymmetry:A Hidden Beauty Within Symmetry

3 1. Introduction 2. The Motif: Types of Symmetries I. Bilateral II. Translational III. Rotational 3. Variation on the Theme: Handedness 4. Enjoying the Symphony: The Ultimate Design 5. Conclusion OUTLINE

4 1.Introduction Humans: Desire for order and perfection. Symmetry: Implies harmony Aristotelian View: The middle measure virtue through action.

5 The sphere became the symbol for the most perfect geometric shape

6 2. THE MOTIF Types of Symmetries: Bilateral Translational Rotational

7 Symmetry: A Visual Presentation


9 Line Symmetry Shape has line symmetry when one half of it is the mirror image of the other half. Symmetry exists all around us and many people see it as being a thing of beauty.

10 Is a butterfly symmetrical?

11 At the beach there are a variety of shells with line symmetry.

12 Under the sea there are also many symmetrical objects such as these crabs and this starfish.

13 Animals that have Line Symmetry Here are a few more great examples of mirror image in the animal kingdom.

14 Human Symmetry The 'Proportions of Man' is a famous work of art by Leonardo da Vinci that shows the symmetry of the human form.

15 THESE MASKS HAVE SYMMETRY These masks have a line of symmetry from the forehead to the chin. The human face also has a line of symmetry in the same place.





20 REFLECTION IN WATER If an object is reflected in water it is considered to have line symmetry along the waterline.

21 The Taj Mahal Symmetry exists in architecture all around the world. The best known example of this is the Taj Mahal.

22 This photograph shows 2 lines of symmetry. One vertical, the other along the waterline. (Notice how the prayer towers, called minarets, are reflected in the water and side to side).

23 2D Shapes and Symmetry

24 an equilateral triangle has 3 internal angles and 3 lines of symmetry.

25 a square has 4 internal angles and 4 lines of symmetry.

26 a regular pentagon has 5 internal angles and 5 lines of symmetry.

27 a regular hexagon has 6 internal angles and 6 lines of symmetry.

28 a regular octagon has 8 internal angles and 8 lines of symmetry.















43 3. HANDEDNESS Mirror Images, nonsuperimposable



46 Only the helix on the right is DNA



49 Why Asymmetry?

50 Observations Why does a mirror reverse only the left and right sides of things, not up and down?

51 Why all modern dice are left handed?

52 The monopole problem of not finding a single north or a single south magnetic charge is still a mystery.

53 Nature seems to favor vertical symmetry as seen through the force of gravity operating only straight up and down.

54 Interestingly, Western art is dominant with vertical symmetry while Japanese and Chinese art tries to avoid symmetry.

55 Most profiles of faces in art face left. Most right-handed people prefer to draw left-facing profiles.

56 Water flowing in a bath tub at the north pole tend to spiral down the drain in a counterclockwise fashion.

57 In the northern half of the globe, cyclones and tornadoes tend to spin counterclockwise.

58 Thousands of animals have right - or left-handed helices. Ex. –the right-handed mollusk shells –some female birds exhibit only a left ovary

59 –the halibut is a right- eyed while the flounder is a left- eyed fish –the analeps (fish) has an asymmetric sex life

60 the right lung is larger than the left In humans, the left testicle usually hangs lower than the right

61 the heart, stomach, and pancreas are shifted more towards the left the liver and appendix are on the right

62 twists and turns of the intestines are completely asymmetric

63 In 1848 Pasteur recognized that organic compounds of living things are asymmetric.

64 All amino acids in living tissues have the same left-handed twist

65 Only the right-handed lactic acid is oxidized to pyruvic acid

66 Only the left-handed adrenaline is a cardiac stimulant

67 Left-handed carvone smells like spearmint Right-handed carvone smells like caraway

68 Pasteur Wrote: Life,as manifested to us, is a function of the asymmetry of the universe and of the consequences of this fact....I can even imagine that all living species are primordially, in their structure, in their external forms, functions of cosmic asymmetry.

69 Pasteur believed that some sort of basic asymmetry in the earths environment was responsible for the left- right bias of organic compounds.

70 He was fascinated by the sharp conflict between the symmetry of nonlife and the asymmetry of life.

71 He believed that if he could only discover how nature introduced this asymmetry into organic compounds, he would be close to the secret of life itself.

72 Here are possible explanations: Life began in one hemisphere, where the Coriolis forces may have provided the required twist. Had life started in the other hemisphere, the amino acids would now be right- handed instead of left.

73 Elliptically polarized light may have combined with the earths magnetic field to supply the twist

74 Russian scientist V. Vernadski suggested in 1931: –That the moon was separated from earth causing a left-handed twist to organic molecules

75 Physicist Joseph Rush in his book The Dawn of Life suggested (Signet,1962): –That perhaps self-replicating molecules of both handedness evolved in the primordial soup. A mutation of one left- handed molecule gave it the ability to cause the twist

76 So What? Three Assertions

77 That Patterns of symmetry are not fundamental laws of nature

78 That Patterns of symmetry are only a manifestation of a philosophical and mathematical attitude cultivated by the ancient Greeks and the far easterners.

79 That Nature, apparently, is completely ambidextrous

80 Beauty and the Beast

81 Thank you Professor Salim M. Diab University of St. Francis 815-740-3855

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