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Can someone explain the math behind tessellation?

Tessellation is fascinating to me, and I've always been amazed by the drawings of M.C.Escher, particularly interesting to me, is how he would've gone about calculating tessellating shapes. In my ...
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elliptic functions on the 17 wallpaper groups

In doubly periodic functions as tessellations (other than parallelograms), we learned about the Dixonian elliptic functions. There are 17 wallpaper groups -- are there elliptic function analogues for ...
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doubly periodic functions as tessellations (other than parallelograms)

I think of a snapshot of a single period of a doubly periodic function as one parallelogram-shaped tile in a tessellation, could a function have a period that repeats like honeycomb or some other not ...
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Is it possible to uniquely number faces of a hexagonal grid with consecutive numbers?

You have a grid of regular hexagons. The aim of the game is to have each hex contain the numbers 1-6 on its edges. Each edge must also be connected to another edge that has a value one higher and ...
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how to generate tesselation cells using the Poincare disk model?

I'm a computer programmer, and while I like math, this is an area where my understanding of math falls short of what I need in order to apply it successfully. I've been looking at M.C. Escher's "...
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Floret Tessellation of a Sphere

I'm a programmer looking to create a 3D model of a Floret Tessellation of a sphere, like the one in this picture Class III 8,11 floret planar net (source) If anyone could point me in the right ...
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What is the most frequent number of edges of Voronoi cells of a large set of random points?

Consider a large set of points with coordinates that are uniformly distributed within a unit-length segment. Consider a Voronoi diagram built on these points. If we consider only non-infinite cells, ...
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How to determine whether a polytope is self-tessellating?

I'm looking for polytopes that can be tessellated by a finite number of scaled versions of themselves. I'll use the term component for such a scaled version in the text below. Self-tessellating ...
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A combinatorial proof by tesselation of the plane.

Some days ago the following problem was posed in the site: given a set of $N$ points in the plane such that for each pair of points $p,q$ we have $\lVert p-q\rVert >1$, prove there is a subset of ...
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What tesselated three-dimensional shape gives the maximum volume with the minimum surface area?

I recently read an article on the future of buildings. I have long been interested in architecture and it seems to me that this article makes some very good points. It got me thinking about the ...
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Why a tesselation of the plane by a convex polygon of 7 or more sides is not possible?

I read in several places, including Wikipedia, that a tessellation of the plane by a single, convex, $n-$sided polygon is not possible for $n\geq7$. I was not able to locate a proof, or a paper that ...
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Fill a cube with small cubes with different integer side lengths

We are given two (potentially unlimited) sets of cubes, say red cubes (with side $n$) and white cubes (with side $m$), with $m,n \in \mathbb{N} \setminus \{0\}, m \neq n$ (let's assume $n>m$). ...
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Why are triangles, squares and hexagons the only polygons with which it is possible to tile a plane?

Ok so I have heard that the only regular polygons which can completely fill the plane without overlapping are the 3,4 and 6 sided ones. I have also heard about Penrose tilings but this question ...
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Giant Pufferfish skin pattern―how could that be generated

I just started my investigations about tesselations and tilings for some very special kind of design Project. I came over that image: It shows a part of the Giant Pufferfish's skin and I am very ...
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Has anyone discovered a convex space-filling 15-faced polyhedron?

I've been looking for extensive surveys regarding space-filling polyhedra, but have only come across Michael Goldbergs "Convex polyhedral space-fillers of more than twelve faces" from 1979, stating ...
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How is tessellation defined in Mathematics?

Hi. I am a GCSE student and I am interested in Maths. I read few books on maths and learned some mathematical analysis. I know of convergent series but I would like to know how identical sets(not ...
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How many ways to arrange Lego bricks on a Lego board?

Let's say I have a board like this one (though significantly smaller, it's 4x7) and I have two 2x3 bricks. I'd like to know how many ways to arrange the bricks on the board. The bricks should ...
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Plane tesselation, using stairs $n\times n$, is it possible?

The other day I was constructing new mathematical problems for my pupils and thought of something like this: Given the infinite sequence of "stairs" $n\times n$, constructed from $1\times1$ ...
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From Icosahedron to Pentagonal hexecontahedron (Floret Tessellation)

Inspired by this post: Floret Tessellation of a Sphere I tried to transform myself an icosahedron into its simplest Floret tessellation. But I am having trouble when applying the 'method' given in the ...
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Dissecting an equilateral triangle into equilateral triangles of pairwise different sizes

It is know that a square can be dissected into other square such that no two of the squares have the same size. This is the simplest dissection of that kind: Is it also possible to dissect an ...
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Area of polygon of hyperbolic disc

Let us consider hyperbolic disc. I use uniform tessellation {5,4}.Here 5 stands for pentagon, 4 for number of polygons sharing the same vertex. {hyperbolic disc} There exists formula which defines ...
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Decomposing geodesic tessellations over a sphere into parallelograms

I'm working with some icosahedron-based tessellations of triangles over the surface of a sphere. Class I and Class II tessellations have a nice property where, cutting along the edges of the ...
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What are the conditions for a polygon to be tessellated?

Upon one of my mathematical journey's (clicking through wikipedia), I encountered one of the most beautiful geometrical concept that I have ever encountered in my 16 and a half years on this oblate ...
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Aperiodic hexagonal tiling?

Is there any known aperiodic tiling of the plane using hexagons? Wang tiles are a known aperiodic tiling using squares. I'm looking for something similar using hexagons.
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Employing optimal packing, how many circles (51 mm diameter) can I cut from a rectangle (330 mm×530 mm)

I know that I should use some kind of honeycomb structure but can't work out in which orientation I should arrange it. I've looked at a few websites now and although I have a slightly better idea of ...
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Triangulation on Euclidean Space

I have a couple of questions about triangulations of the Euclidean space: Is it possible to have an infinite triangulation of the Euclidean space $\mathbb{R}^2$ such that only a finite number of ...
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A Voronoi diagram with two dimensional generators on a “warped” plane

Consider this set of two dimensional generators (red polygons top left). A Voronoi diagram of these polygons is shown at bottom left. Now consider the same set of two dimensional generators on some "...
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Is the rhombic dodecahedron the only isohedral polyhedron that tiles 3-space (other than the cube)?

Is the rhombic dodecahedron the only face-transitive (or isohedral, i.e. all faces are the same) polyhedron that seamlessly tiles 3-dimensional Euclidean space (other than the cube)? I'm looking ...
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Is there a way to tessellate an area using triangles and minimize/specify the number of unique triangles?

Is it possible to tessellate a planar surface from triangles but with the following constraints: density (average number of triangles) can be varied. a finite set of unique triangles are used for ...
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Aperiodic tessellations of the plane

Here are some examples of non-periodic tessellations of the plane. Sir Roger Penrose is the expert in that field. How could someone go about proving that a certain tiling of the infinite plane with ...
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Is Dodecahedron tesselation somehow possible?

In this video (at 3:25) there is an animation of planets inside a dodecahedron matrix (or any data-structure that best fit this 3d mosaic). I tried reproducing it with 12 sided dices, or in Blender, ...
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Nets of Geodesic spheres

I would realize the papercraft of a geodesic sphere like this: It is the dual of the one discussed in THIS OTHER QUESTION . Where can I find the printable nets, or the online resources to create ...
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Tetrahedra require octahedra; 5-cells require…?

It's well known that equilateral triangles tessellate $\Bbb R^2$ but regular tetrahedra do not tessellate $\Bbb R^3$. However, in three dimensions, we can make a a tessellation if we are permitted to ...
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Shapes for tiling a circular disk?

Does anyone know of a catalog of sorts for what shapes are allowed for tiling a circular disk? For example, if you are allowed one piece to tile the disk, are all the possibilities essentially "pie"-...
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Not understanding this proof in Grünbaum-Shephard's Tilings and Patterns

I'm reading Grünbaum and Shephard's Tilings and Patterns at the moment, and am kind of lost in the brevity of their statement and proof of Statement 10.1.1 (page 524 for anyone who has the book). ...
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Very special geometric shape (No name yet?)

I suppose this geometric shape is something very 'special'. I cannot clarify in short about being 'special', but I think this shape stands together with such special shapes like the square and the ...
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The maths behind 'Sky and Water 1' by Escher

I've been inspired by Eschers 'Sky and Water1' woodcut, his work is so mindblowing, it got me thinking whats the maths behind it. How did he do it?
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Rotation of Tetrehedra for 3d Tessellation

I'm trying to render some $3D$ graphics with a bunch of tetrahedra. I'm trying to figure out how to rotate one tetrahedron such that it will be perfectly face-to-face with another tetrahedron. If this ...
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What is the analogon of the hexagonal grid in 3-dimensional space? Rhombic dodecahedral honeycomb?

Conjecture: The optimal way to divide 3-space into pieces of equal volume with the least total surface area is the rhombic dodecahedral honeycomb. Reasoning: "(The rhombic dodecahedral honeycomb) is ...
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Edge length of hyperbolic tesselations

If I have a general uniform tesselation in hyperbolic plane (same configuration of regular polygons at every vertex, but multiple types of polygons allowed), how can I find the edge length and/or ...
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How do I calculate the unique k-dimensional hypersphere's center from k+1 points?

I'm working with the Bowyer-Watson algorithm to determine the Delaunay tessellation of stochastic points in k-dimensional space. This algorithm assumes that the center of a simplex can be used as the ...
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Mathematical notation to describe tiling shapes?

I stumbled across the following Wikipedia article which contained information on tiling by regular polygons. Underneath each image, it contained a sort of sequence of numbers which appears to be ...
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Are the vertices of a Voronoi diagram obtained from a Sierpinski attractor also a kind of attractor?

Trying to understand how the Voronoi Diagrams work I did a test generating the Voronoi diagram of the points obtained from The Chaos Game algorithm when it is applied to a $3$-gon. The result is a set ...
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What is the optimal tiling of a regular n-gon in the plane?

I want to tile the plane with equal-sized regular polygons of $n$ sides. Obviously for some $n$, the tiles will be able to tessellate and cover the whole plane (e.g triangles, squares, hexagons) I ...
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What honeycomb has the highest volume to edge length ratio?

This question is analagous to the Kelvin Problem where the solution, the Weaire-Phelan Structure, has the highest volume to surface area ratio; however, the cell volume is compared to edge length ...
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Equiareal Voronoi tessellation

I'm interested in even (or "proportional") disrtributions of points on 2D areas. Here is the initial question, but many others ideas appeared later. Centroidal Voronoi tessellation is well known ...
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Can the lack of obstruction to deforming a checkerboard tessellation be seen as part of a larger picture?

All quadrilaterals, even the nonconvex ones, tessellate the plane. One way to see this is to start from a checkerboard tessellation made by repeatedly flipping squares across their edges, and then ...
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Plane tessellation $6^2*3^2$

An article I am reading mentioned "the plane tessellation $6^2*3^2$", I tried looking it up and I found all sort of plane tessellations - but not $6^2*3^2$. However, I did find information about ...
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Questions about triangles, n-gons, and tessellations of the hyperbolic plane

Why there are infinitely many regular tessellations of the hyperbolic plane? Can there be a triangle made up of three straight lines in the hyperbolic plane? I know it's impossible since the angle sum ...
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Are there formulae to determine close-packing polyhedra?

Is there a formula to determine which polyhedra will tessellate in 3D without any spaces?