A non-periodic tiling which cannot be straightened.
By Marjorie Senechal and Stuart Levy
Tessellations (or tilings, as they are sometimes called) have a broad appeal. For many people, they exemplify how mathematics can unify the aesthetic, natural and rational worlds. From the art of M.C. Escher to crystal growth to the mathematics of Penrose tilings, tessellations fascinate amateurs and professional researchers alike.
As an aid to those interested in learning more about tessellations,
Professor Doris Schattschneider from Moravian College (
has compiled two lists of online resources:
Created: Sep 19 1996 --- Last modified: Fri Jan 8 10:44:00 1998