Escher, Tile Transformations, Mathematics, Art and Games

I want this game!

Also, last week I went to a super cool event in Berlin called “BMS Friday”. BMS is the Berlin Mathematical School, and the “BMS Friday” is a regular lecture on a Friday (not every Friday sadly) in which a mathematician explains his or her research to a mathematical, but not specialist, audience. PhD students at the BMS actually have to attend these lectures. Horrible to be forced to attend that sort of thing, isn’t it 😀

The lecture I heard was by Craig Kaplan of Waterloo University, London, and it was about the mathematics of Escher’s paintings. Here is a 2008 paper with pictures, and a neat classification of the different transformations Escher used. Kaplan edits an interesting Journal of Mathematics and the Arts

Craig Kaplan at the Urania in berlin, giving the BMS Friday talk on 6 June 2014

Craig Kaplan at the Urania in berlin, giving the BMS Friday talk on 6 June 2014

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and another website about parquet deformations

Ever since, my walking through Berlin has significantly slowed down, because I’ve been unable to stop staring at tiles and shapes. I’ve even tried cycling on the pavement which wasn’t a good idea

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