Shattered Symmetry. Group Theory From the Eightfold Way to the Periodic Table. By Pieter Thyssen and Arnout Ceulemans. Oxford University Press, 2017. Pp. 528. Price GBP 52.00 (hardback). ISBN 9780190611392.

@article{Assfeld2018ShatteredSG,
  title={Shattered Symmetry. Group Theory From the Eightfold Way to the Periodic Table. By Pieter Thyssen and Arnout Ceulemans. Oxford University Press, 2017. Pp. 528. Price GBP 52.00 (hardback). ISBN 9780190611392.},
  author={Xavier Assfeld},
  journal={Acta crystallographica. Section A, Foundations and advances},
  year={2018},
  volume={74 Pt 3},
  pages={289-290}
}
The subtitle of this marvellous book could have been: ‘All you always wanted to know about Lie groups, but were too afraid to ask’. Most of the time, books dealing with such a subject propose a mathematical treatment that goes well beyond the basic calculus knowledge of physicists and chemists. This one uses simple calculus and takes the reader by the hand through all chapters in a step-by-step way; difficulties are handled gradually in a very pedagogical presentation. It starts with the… CONTINUE READING

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