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This Inaugural Lecture consists of some of my rather mechanical, being an engineer, reflections on symmetry in diverse areas such as art, science, engineering, mathematics, etc. I explain what symmetry is to me, giving examples with lots of images and mentioning or at least barely referencing art, science, architecture, engineering, heritage, cosmology, bicycles, flight, invention, ingenuity, history, wallpaper, mathematics, typography, structures, regular shapes, coordinate systems, spacetime, thermodynamics and suchlike.
McGovern, Jim: Some Rather Mechanical Reflections on Symmetry: in Art, Science, Engineering, Mathematics, etc. Inaugural Lecture as a Professor of Technological University Dublin, 25 September 2008