The Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher posed his own geometric questions and methodically sought answers in order to create his now-famous tessellations. He might be amused to know that his tessellations continue to provide a source for questions posed and explored by mathematicians, computer scientists, and others. In this slide lecture, we will examine several of these mathematical questions, some fully answered, and some yet unsolved.
Doris Schattschneider holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale University and has just retired as Professor of Mathematics at Moravian College where she taught for 34 years. Her dual interest in geometry and art led naturally to the study of tiling problems and the work of the Dutch artist M.C. Escher. Her articles on Escher's work appear in mathematical journals, in Scientific American, and book chapters. She is co-author of a book and collection of geometry models, M. C. Escher Kaleidocycles (Pomegranate Artbooks 1987),and author of the book Visions of Symmetry: Notebooks, Periodic Drawings and Related Work of M.C. Escher (W. H. Freeman 1990, Harry N. Abrams 2004) which received research support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is editor of the book with CD ROM, M.C. Escher's Legacy: A Centennial Celebration (Springer 2003), containing 40 contributions from contemporary artists, scientists, and others whose work has been deeply influenced by Escher. This book grew out of the international Escher Centennial Congress in 1998 held in Rome and Ravello, co-organized by Michele Emmer and Doris Schattschneider.
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