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December 24, 2008

Tilings

Posted by John Baez

Merry Christmas! Here are some more presents. I hope these are a bit easier to appreciate than my new paper on infinite-dimensional representations of 2-groups. Again, they’re all about symmetry. But this time you don’t need a math degree to enoy them. You just need to look at ‘em!

They’re pretty pictures of tilings, suitable for use as computer wallpaper. Check ‘em out.

Here’s an example with 5-fold quasisymmetry. It was created by Greg Egan:




Here’s one with 7-fold quasisymmetry, also created by Egan:



You can create your own, too, by going to Egan’s applet webpage and following the instructions there. I did this and tweaked the results a bit to make some that are slightly more dim-hued and mellow, so I can still find the icons on my computer screen.

Posted at December 24, 2008 9:48 PM UTC

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