Many people are of the opinion that mathematics is only about numbers and number operations, and thus myths related to who can do mathematics and who cannot, abound. It is possible that children may struggle with numbers, but it is hard to believe that there could be a child who doesn’t recognize patterns. We see children creating patterns all the time using stones, sticks, leaves, flowers, finger prints, vegetable carvings, rubber stamp impressions and also mathematical shapes.

On tilings. This is an extension of earlier articles published in At Right Angles (March & July 2014 issues).

In this part we will concentrate on another infinite two-dimensional pattern called the wallpaper pattern and also explore aspects of symmetry in the everyday objects around us. For ease, we reiterate the ‘working definition’ of symmetry here. (the 1st part)

tessellation of a flat surface is the tiling of a 

In Part 1 of this article we had noted how some regular po

In this note we show how the semi-regular tessellations can be enumerated. We describe only the approach and give a partial solution.

Architecture speaks of its time and place, but yearns for timelessness. Through this two part article, the writer dwells on a topic that closely links mathematics with art and culture.

“Hey mummy, look there. It is so beautiful!”
“Yes, my dear, it is indeed. It’s the epitome of Indian architecture. It has tessellations and many symmetrical patterns” 

National Film Board of Canada presents Escher, Sky and Water. A short video on patterns and tessellation inspired from M C Escher.

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