Symmetry – finding rules and exceptions

Ever found yourself gazing upon the wonders of nature while taking a walk in the woods? Looking amazed at the architectonic creations of a medieval or 18th-19th century built city? If you seek for similarities in these two very different types of places, you will find that they are connected not only through their beauty, but also through what lies behind it: symmetry. This Greek word that stands for “measuring together” has characterized aesthetically pleasing proportionality for a very long time.

Symmetrical defines a concept of balance that can be proven according to the rules of a formal system, such as geometry or physics. It describes an object or place that has two identical halves in both shape and size, also a shape or figure cut to where the same shape is on both sides (read more information here).

From mother nature…

Described as nature’s language according to the fundaments of science, it is also a means of communicating genetic information and therefore showing whether the potential partner “has what it takes” to provide good genetic material for future generations. Studies in social psychology have proven that people are naturally attracted towards a person that has symmetrical, young and somewhat feminine features (no matter the gender).

…to daughters microbiology and art

In respect to microbiology, symmetry has a darker side to it, since the symmetrical molecules of a disease spread a lot faster than the regular ones: for example – molecules of swine flu. Nevertheless, this molecular aspect cannot diminish the fact that symmetry is still beloved in terms of art and architecture, because it immediately grasps the attention of the viewer. Some artists choose to take a twist in this process and deliberately use asymmetrical features in their works, creating curiosity and/or excitement. And if you are still excited to hear more on the topic, take a look at this very interesting TED talk:

Where do you like or dislike to have symmetry when it comes to your life and work?


Header Image(s) from Pixabay & Gratisography

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