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Spotlight: Non-Repeating Patterns

Insights into the ‘forbidden symmetry’ of Sir Roger Penrose’s non-repeating patterns are given in a film released by the Royal Institution.

‘Forbidden crystal symmetry in mathematics and architecture’ was filmed at an Royal Institution (RI) event in 2013 where Wadham Fellow and Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics, Sir Roger Penrose, reveals the mathematical underpinnings and origins of these ‘forbidden symmetries’ and other related patterns. His talk is illustrated with examples of their use in architectural design including a novel version of ‘Penrose tiling’ that appears in the approach to the main entrance of the new Mathematics Institute in Oxford, officially opened in late 2013.

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Wadham films

Watch expert discussion of hot topics, rare books, arts, science and more in this series of films from Wadham events.

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