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Intriguing Mathematical Symmetry of Medieval Islamic Architecture from Historical and Geometric Perspectives

When:14-Apr-2014. 6:00 pm

Where:Amphitheater Robert de Sorbon

Contact:+971 (0)2 65 69 555 / communications@psuad.ac.ae [view map]

Audience:Open to the Public

Tiling Theory studies how one might cover the plane with various shapes. Medieval Islamic artisans developed intricate geometric tilings to decorate their mosques, mausoleums, and shrines. Recent investigations show some of these medieval tilings (first appearing in the 12th Century AD) contain symmetries similar to those found in nonperiodic Penrose tilings first investigated in the West in the 1970’s.
This presentation looks at clues to produce these “girih” tiles found in the 15th Century Topkapi Scroll and describes possible tools and dissection methods used by medieval artisans to construct these intricate patterns.