Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Three Different Views of the Same Tiling

Here are three images of the same {4,6} tiling. The "{4,6}" notation is called the Schläfli symbol. The 4 means it is a tiling of squares. The 6 means that 6 squares meet at every vertex. Check it in the pictures!

A view centered on a square:

A view centered on an edge:

A view centered on a vertex:

I bet you noticed that the tiling is checkerboarded (hyperbolic chess anyone?). Can you figure out what property is required to allow a tiling to be checkerboarded? If so, let me know in the comments!

Q: What made these pictures?