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Tag Archives: mirror symmetry
Regular polygons as kaleidoscopes
We are using reflection at the sides of a regular polygon to get a space filling periodic image. Its symmetries depend on the symmetry of the image, which lies inside the polygon. As an example, let us look at the … Continue reading
Posted in Kaleidoscopes, Tilings
Tagged hyperbolic space, mirror symmetry, periodic images, regular polygons, Rotational symmetry
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Inversion in a single circle
You might think that discussing the inversion in a circle is somewhat underwhelming. But, as I am using multiple inversion in many circles to create fractal images, I found that there are some important ideas you will not find so … Continue reading
Posted in Anamorphosis, Kaleidoscopes, programming, Tilings
Tagged inversion, inversion in a circle, mirror symmetry
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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
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Tagged hexagonal lattice, kaleidoscope, mirror symmetry, Tessellation
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further wallpapers for hyperbolic space
An equilateral triangle gives us a kaleidoscope of threefold rotational symmetry. With a square we get twofold rotational symmetry. Would reflection at the sides of other regular polygons too give periodic images with rotational symmetry ? To get an hfold … Continue reading
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
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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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
Posted in Anamorphosis, Kaleidoscopes
Tagged hyperbolic space, inversive geometry, kaleidoscope, mirror symmetry, Poincaré plane
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