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Skidmore College
First-Year Experience

Scribner Seminar Program
Course Description

The Search for Pattern and Symmetry

Instructor(s): Dan Hurwitz, Mathematics & Computer Science

Students in this seminar examine the role and significance of symmetry and pattern in diverse domains of nature and of human endeavor. It is surprising how broad a variety of disciplines share a common canon of criteria for a "good" design: repetition, harmony, and variety. The study of examples from the earth and the heavens, from human visual and auditory art, from language and literature, and from rhetoric and reasoning will show symmetry (or a lack of it) as a crucial component of form and content.

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