How do Shapes Fill Space?
Were you inspired to think more about mathematics, or make mathematical designs?
Please send us your stories and images!
What happens when you put seven triangles round every corner?
What are the secrets of Islamic master craftsmen?
Can you see four dimensions?
Does this pattern repeat?
Art? Science? A window into mathematical beauty?
Thanks to all who joined us at the Royal Society Summer Science exhibition.
Do Tilings beat computers?
Given a collection of shapes, can you tell whether it will fill space? Can we program a computer to answer this question for any possible collection of shapes?
The idea to offer an exhibit on space-filling tilings was put forward by Edmund Harriss, who also assembled the exhibition team. Edmund is the leading scientist of our exhibit.
Our proposal was among the 21 competitively selected exhibits from more than 100 entries.
- Edmund Harriss (Open University, Milton Keynes & Imperial College, London)
- Uwe Grimm (Open University, Milton Keynes)
- Richard Henry (Birkbeck College & British Museum, London)
- John Hunton (University of Leicester)
- Vinay Kathotia (Royal Institution, London)
- Jeroen Lamb (Imperial College, London)
We are indebted to our funder and sponsors. Without their support the exhibit would not have been possible:
Last modified: 17 August 2009