Friday, February 23, 2007

Ancient Tiles Reveal Complex Geometry
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.

Historians have long assumed that sheer hard work with the equivalent of a ruler and compass allowed medieval craftsmen to create the ornate star-and-polygon tile patterns that cover mosques, shrines and other buildings that stretch from Turkey through Iran and on to India.

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."

And don't forget to check out Lizard Endures World's Worst Pregnancy while you're there!
The feat is equivalent to a woman giving birth to a seven-year-old child.

I dunno, kiwis seem to carry an awful big (relatively) load: