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Author:Ivars Peterson (MathTrek)
Description: Exploring the link between mathematical symmetry and artistic effort. One- and two-dimensional repeating patterns appear ubiquitously on surfaces, from quilts and colored fabrics to pottery and ceramic tiles... Analyzing the symmetries that underlie such designs affords a way to systematically describe and compare pattern structures. It also provides new perspectives on the complex interactions between design, technology, and culture in different societies. This article describes some computer programs that allow for experimenting with the delicate balance between perfect regularity and complete randomness that characterizes much contemporary textile design.

Levels: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles
Math Topics: Symmetry/Tessellations, Art

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