Fernando Gouvêa, Colby’s Carter Professor of Mathematics, reviewed the textbook Physics from Symmetry for the Mathematical Association of America. Gouvêa, an applied mathematician, tries to read physics but is “generally dissatisfied with what [he] found. So it was with great anticipation that I read Physics from Symmetry, where the author attempts, as the title indicates, to derive much of physics from symmetry,” he wrote in a recent review.