In Medieval Architecture, Signs of Advanced Math Feature Summary

Type:
Physics in Your World
Title:
In Medieval Architecture, Signs of Advanced Math
Description:
The Muslim design on the left dating from the 1300s may be more than a simple decoration. The tiles on the right show how basic shapes were used to create non-repeating patterns in a process not understood by Western mathematicians until the 1970s.

Read these New York Times and Discover Magazine articles to learn more.

[This feature was updated on August 16, 2013.]
Image:
image credit: <a href="http://www.physics.harvard.edu/~plu/" target=”_blank”>Peter J. Lu</a>; <a href="http://www.physics.harvard.edu/~plu/publications/Science_315_1106_2007_SOM.pdf" target=”_blank”>image source</a>; <a href="http://www.compadre.org/informal/images/features/islamic-art-large.JPG" target=”_blank”>larger image</a>
image credit: Peter J. Lu; image source; larger image
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http://www.compadre.org/Informal/images/features/islamic-art-large.JPG
Featured:
August 16, 2009 - September 1, 2009