Fearful Symmetry tells the story of modern physics and contemporary physicists in a most understandable and vivid way. It makes the 'fearful' symmetry simple and accessible, and the burning tigers lively and human. An excellent rendition and an outstanding achievement. -- T. D. Lee, Nobel Prize-winning physicist To a layman like myself, totally unversed in modern theoretical physics, Zee's book comes as an illumination. Once having grasped the idea of symmetry as an aesthetic and intellectual principle, I found myself, under his guidance, contemplating aspects of the design of the universe of which I never had the faintest glimmer. -- John Rupert Martin, Marquand Professor of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University A small gem we can see deeply into with small effort and great pleasure. -- Robert Schrieffer, Nobel Prize-winning physicist
A. Zee is professor of physics and a permanent member of the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His books include "Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell".
"Zee's exposition of the intuitive use by modern theoretical physicists of the concept of symmetry ... in order to fathom nature's laws is superb scientific reading."--Publishers Weekly "[Zee] demonstrates effortless competence over a wide area of theoretical physics. He also displays great enthusiasm and excitement for his subject, which many readers will find infectious."--James W. McAllister, ISIS