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Lyceum Society: The Universal Visibility and Invisibility of Symmetry

Lyceum Society: The Universal Visibility and Invisibility of Symmetry

Thursday, January 20, 2005

The New York Academy of Sciences

Presented By

Presented by the Lyceum Society


Speaker: Hillel A. Schiller

There are several forms of symmetry, including rotational, translational and bi-lateral. Symmetry is defined in several ways as a unifying concept and as built into the laws of nature. Symmetry demonstrates invariance under one or more transformations.

Hillel will begin his slide presentation by introducing some learning theories. The concept of "Cognetic Teaching" regards connections both like a "cog" in a gear train and a "net" that holds things together. Concepts of connection, repetition, similarity, and rhythm will be illustrated.

Hillel is a disciple of L.L. Whyte, whose unitary principle states that asymmetry decreases when circumstances permit. This decreasing of asymmetry implies that symmetries have evolved in the development of nature's tangible realities. Whyte called for a shift in scientific paradigm to morphological understanding, which is now taking place in the new sciences of genomics, proteomics and nanotechnology.

Mr. Schiller is a retired teacher, educational consultant, and an instructional materials designer. He holds an M.A. in Linguisticsa from the University of Chicago, He has taught at the New School University and the Early Childhood Department at CUNY's Bernard Baruch College. He has published papers on visual literacy, the nature of perception, Whitehead's and Dewey's psychologies of education, Eidetic imagery, and other topics.