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Geometry feat cloaked in medieval Islamic tile
1.       Roswitha
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 10 Jun 2008 Tue 04:00 pm

Researcher: Quasicrystals mastered centuries before West explained them.

Those wondrously intricate tile mosaics that adorn medieval Islamic architecture may contain a mastery of geometry not matched in the West for hundreds of years.

Historians have long assumed that sheer hard work with the equivalent of a ruler and compass allowed medieval craftsmen to create the ornate star-and-polygon tile patterns that cover mosques, shrines and other buildings that stretch from Turkey through Iran and on to India.

Now a Harvard University researcher argues that more than 500 years ago, math whizzes met up with the artists and began creating far more complex tile patterns that culminated in what mathematicians today call “quasicrystalline designs.”

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17282496/

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