In Medieval Architecture, Signs of Advanced Math Feature Summary

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In Medieval Architecture, Signs of Advanced Math
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.]
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August 16, 2009 - September 1, 2009