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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Freeman; Later prt. edition (1987)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000RJI51A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,012,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By wiredweird HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 19, 2005
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This book is a magnificent achievement.

I just want to gush about this book, but that won't do you any good. It is the very best in its field. Just start there.

Grunwald and Shepard have put together the definitive book on ways to tile the two dimensional plane. "Tiling" means covering the 2D universe with interlocking figures, so that no gap remains. Bathroom tiles do that, and patterns of brick on walls, and all of those wonderful geometries that the Muslim artists raised to their god in place of graven images.

That can not be enough for the very strongest of creative minds. The authors show the "Penrose tiles", that cover the world without ever repeating. Penrose used a five-way plan, which barely meets the needs of the world's symmetries. Amman used a four-way plan, like floor tiles, but created tiles that forever create new patterns. The pattern fills the world, but never repeats (except in detail). And then, there are the spiral tiles - perfectly regular, and different at every scale.

The artist will savor the richness of the plane. A mathematician will sink deeply into the many symmetries that turn THIS point into all points, or no other, or some, or all of the above. The student will struggle through the problems at the end of each chapter. Thoughtful readers will simply find themselves wandering away from every page, where some seed of thought blossoms in your mind.

I can not imagine how this could have gone out of print. I really can't. This book is the only one that covers its topic in !every! way. Depending on who you are, you must have it.

//wiredweird
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Format: Hardcover
Every field has its overused word. In sports it is super-star and in publishing it is definitive. However, there can be no dispute that this book can be described using both of those words.
With complete explanations followed by problems and references, this is the place to look if you have any interest in this area. The problems range from the near obvious and trivial to the unsolved. The mathematics is often strenuous, but not overwhelming, as many times the proofs require many cases. Each chapter terminates in a notes and reference section that is superb. It recapitulates the history and contains an enormous number of references. This is especially helpful given the wide range of sources. Examples include the expected ones in mathematics and geometry, but also crystallography, virology, art, philosophy, and quilting. The authors also take the extra effort to point out what is as yet unsolved.
An authoritative work that makes one plea for a second edition, this book is everything you could ask of it.

Published in Journal of Recreational Mathematics, reprinted with permission.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Morales on July 31, 2007
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In the preface of "Tilings and Patterns: An Introduction," the authors write: "This volume is a brief edition...comprising the first seven chapters of our earlier book Tilings and Patterns... The present paperback version contains all the material from the oirginal text that deals with tilings by regular polygons, the topological and symmetry properties of tilings, the motif-transitive patterns in general, and the special cases where the motif is a circular or elliptical disk or a straight-line segment. It also includes several classifications of very symmetric tilings." There is no indication of what topics were covered in the remaining chapters (8-12) of the original edition.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By -keith hale- on May 31, 2000
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This is deep, dense and thorough; on a topic that was without such a definitive reference book. This is not what i would call a completely accessible book, to persons that are not professional mathematicians, but the crisp and fascinating illustrations are compelling to anyone with an active curiosity.
Worthwhile for interested parties; an single-volume encyclopaedia on the subjects of Tesselations, tiling, and intriguing information on conceptual patterns.
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