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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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Restriction: © 2007 The New York Times Company
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Keywords: mathematics, penrose tilings, quasicrystals
Record Creator: Metadata instance created July 20, 2009 by Raina Khatri
Record Updated: Feb 04, 2010 by Lyle Barbato
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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.

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Re: Specifying the source

Author: Bruce, ComPADRE Dir
Posted: Aug 19, 2009 at 11:16AM

Bahram -

Thank you for your interesting insights into this topic.

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(New York Times Company, New York, 2007), WWW Document, (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/27/science/27math.html).
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In Medieval Architecture, Signs of Advanced Math (New York Times Company, New York, 2007), <http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/27/science/27math.html>.
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In Medieval Architecture, Signs of Advanced Math. (2008, November 14). Retrieved April 24, 2014, from New York Times Company: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/27/science/27math.html
Chicago Format
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 24 April 2014).
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In Medieval Architecture, Signs of Advanced Math. New York: New York Times Company, 2007. 14 Nov. 2008. 24 Apr. 2014 <http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/27/science/27math.html>.
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