Symmetries in nature

by Laura Schaposnik

Wissenschaftlicher Assistent

Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

I study symmetries in mathematical spaces, and their appearance in nature has always fascinated me. Symmetry breaking is most interesting in Physics and Mathematics -for instance it is connected to the origins of the Higgs Boson particle- and in (1) we see the breaking of the rotational and reflective symmetries of the snowflake due to melting. Image (2) provides a further example of reflective symmetry and the skin of the gecko displays a beautiful geometric pattern.

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