Ancient Tiles Reveal Complex Geometry
"It shows us a culture that we often don't credit enough was far more advanced than we ever thought."
- Peter J. Lu, researcher
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - Those wondrously intricate tile mosaics that adorn medieval Islamic architecture may cloak a mastery of geometry not matched in the West for hundreds of years.
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 "quasi-crystalline designs."