Tag Archives: mirror symmetry

Decorations of semi-regular 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 semi-regular tilings? Could we decorate them too using mirrors? This would give us … Continue reading

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further wallpapers for hyperbolic space

An equilateral triangle gives us a kaleidoscope of three-fold rotational symmetry. With a square we get two-fold rotational symmetry. Would reflection at the sides of other regular polygons too give periodic images with rotational symmetry ? To get an h-fold … Continue reading

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How to program fast kaleidoscopes

This post repeats parts of earlier posts but I am trying to expand the ideas and explain them better. First, I am showing you how to make rosettes with rotational symmetry and mirror symmetry. This is easier than making kaleidoscopic images, … Continue reading

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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 k-rotational symmetry for an angle of intersection of π/k. With these symmetries I map any point … Continue reading

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A hyperbolic kaleidoscope

In “creating symmetry” Frank Farris shows a wallpaper for hyperbolic space. He uses the Poincaré plane to project the hyperbolic space to our Euclidean drawing surface. The wallpaper then results from mirror symmetries at vertical lines at x=0 and x=0.5 … Continue reading

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images of 8-fold rotational symmetry and color changing mirror symmetry

Here I am showing some quasi-periodic designs of eight-fold rotational symmetry. They have a color change upon mirroring at the x-axis and 7 other mirror axis generated by the rotational symmetry. Note that these images have a rather large scale … Continue reading

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Examples of basic five-fold rotational symmetry

Here are some quasi-periodic designs of five-fold rotational symmetry. They relate to the Penrose tiling and use the method of “quasiperiodic patterns of 5-fold symmetry …“. For all three images the wave packages for the anamorphic mappings X(x,y) and Y(x,y) use the … Continue reading

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