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Fractal tiling of a sphere with octahedral twocolour symmetry
The octahedron can have a nice twocolour symmetry. We get it from putting two tetrahedrons together, making a stellated octahedron. It is an eightpointed star and has already been discussed by Pacioli in his book “de divina proportione” in the … Continue reading
Posted in Fractals, Kaleidoscopes, Selfsimilarity, Tilings
Tagged color symmetry, fractal, kaleidoscope, octahedron, spherical tiling
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Apollonian gasket as a fractal in tiled hyperbolic space
Reading the fascinating book « Indra`s Pearls », written by David Mumford, Caroline Series and David Wright, you discover that the Apollonian gasket can be created by multiple inversions at four touching circles. Three of the circles are of equal … Continue reading
Posted in Fractals, Kaleidoscopes, Tilings
Tagged Apollonian gasket, fractal, hyperbolic geometry, kaleidoscope, Tiling
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Apollonian gasket as a spherical fractal with tetrahedral symmetry
Before discussing the relation between the Apollonian gasket and tilings of the sphere, I want to present briefly the spherical kaleidoscope with tetrahedral symmetry. A tetrahedron has three different kinds of points with rotational symmetry. Four equilateral triangles make up … Continue reading
Posted in Anamorphosis, Fractals, Kaleidoscopes, Tilings
Tagged Apollonian gasket, fractal, kaleidoscope, spherical geometry, tetrahedral symmetry, Tiling
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Bridges 2018 Stockholm
I have been at the Bridges 2018 conference in Stockholm to present my work on kaleidoscopes. My paper “Kaleidoscopes for NonEuclidean Space” has more details than this blog and is more coherent. The Bridges Organization, which promotes connections between mathematics … Continue reading
Decorations of semiregular tessellations
In the last posts I have shown kaleidoscopes that make repeating images in Euclidean, spherical and hyperbolic spaces. They are decorations of regular tilings. But what about semiregular tilings? Could we decorate them too using mirrors? This would give us … Continue reading
Posted in Kaleidoscopes, Tilings
Tagged hexagonal lattice, kaleidoscope, mirror symmetry, Tessellation
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Elliptic kaleidoscopes
In “further hyperbolic kaleidoscopes” I used two straight lines and a circle to make a triangle that defines a kaleidoscope. For k,n and mfold rotational symmetries at its corners, the sum of its three angles is π(1/k+1/n+1/m). If this sum is … Continue reading
The rotational and mirror symmetry at the center
In the last post I used mirror symmetry at two crossing straight lines and the related inversion at a circle. The mirror symmetries generate a krotational symmetry for an angle of intersection of π/k. With these symmetries I map any point … Continue reading
Posted in Anamorphosis, Kaleidoscopes
Tagged anamorphosis, kaleidoscope, mirror symmetry, rosette, Rotational symmetry
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