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Peter J. Lu

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Author:Department of Physics, Harvard University
Description: Lu's mathematical and historical research has revealed new insights in medieval Islamic quasicrystalline tilings and the earliest machines, such as the one he suggests precisely interconverted the linear and rotational motion responsible for the distinctive spiral grooves carved on ritual jade rings buried in tombs dating from China's Spring and Autumn period (771475 BC) -- carvings that follow a precise mathematical form described by the spiral of Archimedes, 300 years before he lived.

Levels: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles, Field Trips
Math Topics: Euclidean Plane Geometry, Symmetry/Tessellations, History and Biography

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