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Wallpaper patterns and buckyballs

Following on from last year, this series of lectures traces the historical development of mathematics in the thousand years from Islamic Baghdad.

We are all familiar with patterned wallpaper, but how many regular patterns are there? Can you tile your bathroom floor with square, hexagonal and octagonal tiles? Footballs are made up of pentagons and hexagons, but how many pentagons are there? What are buckyballs, and what have they to do with the Montreal World Fair?

London Mathematical Society

This lecture will be repeated on the same day at 6pm


Professor Robin Wilson | talks | www


Date and Time:

18 January 2006 at 1:00 pm


1 hour



Gresham College
Barnard's Inn Hall
+44 20 78 31 05 75

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