This New York Times article reports the discovery of aperiodic tiling in medieval Islamic art. These designs were not understood by Western mathematicians until the 1970s. The article includes pictures of the tilings and a link to the original research paper.
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July 20, 2009
by Raina Khatri
Feb 04, 2010
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November 14, 2008
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Author: Bahram Roughani
Posted: August 17, 2009 at 3:36PM
I believe that the connection made in the article is most likely confined in location to Iranian architecture and in particular the region best identified by the city of Isfahan in Iran. The mosaic work done in Isfahan is most outstanding in Iran with their special characteristic that sets them apart from any similar work. Other mosaic work seen in Islamic countries outside Iran do not resemble much similarities to what has been referred to in the article. Most of the other work show more right angle shapes unlike the work in Isfahan and some other parts of Iran. This article reflects an outstanding work that shows human need and desire in unifying art and science is nothing new.
New York Times Company. In Medieval Architecture, Signs of Advanced Math. New York: New York Times Company, November 14, 2008. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/27/science/27math.html (accessed 27 January 2015).
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