Tilings and Einstein’s hat

Run time: 10.30 – 17.00

Mathematicians have searched for an “Einstein” tile (German for “one stone”) for over 50 years. This is a tile which can be used to cover an entire plane in a non-repeating fashion, like an infinite jigsaw puzzle. In March this year, a hobbyist from Yorkshire finally discovered one shaped like a hat.

These are examples of tilings that are studied by groups of mathematicians and scientists across the UK. They create intricate and beautiful designs that not only look good but also help us to understand the structure of materials in the natural world.

This exhibition is presented by engineers and mathematicians from the Open University and Queen Mary University of London. They bring together artwork prints, 3D models and interactive puzzles that will immerse you in the phenomenon of non repeating tilings.

For access information and directions to this venue, and all British Science Festival venues, please click this link https://britishsciencefestival.org/british-science-festival-2023-venues
Image produced by Uwe Grimm (The Open University) and Michael Baake (Bielefeld) and used with permission from Michael Baake.

8 September 2023 - 10:30
Forum Street, University of Exeter Streatham Campus

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