G. Milton Wing Lecture: Escher's Combinatorial Patterns
November 22, 2016
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
From 1938-1942, the Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher carried out experiments in printing repeating patterns with small carved wooden squares that contained a simple motif of crossing bands, using a purely algorithmic scheme. He asked and answered combinatorial questions about these patterns, and opened the door to many tantalizing questions that have recently been addressed by mathematicians and computer scientists.
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