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Research of Penrose tilings needed!

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  • Subject: [mg20969] Research of Penrose tilings needed!
  • From: "Kai G. Gauer" <gauer at>
  • Date: Wed, 1 Dec 1999 01:50:36 -0500 (EST)
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I had a quick couple of questions concerning Penrose tilings and I
sure whether or not any of you could help me out.

( I )   When Martin Gardner brought out the definition of a township (I
he meant a neighbourhood-like structure), he stated that for any radius,

p, of a township boundary that we could find another township just like
our township nearby (namely, 2p away). How is the term radius of a
township defined? (or is it the minimal number of continuous steps
needed to get from one unit of tiling to some other unit of tiling)?

( II ) Martin Gardner also mentioned that in Jan 1977 Scientific
math column, that there can exist holes in an infinite tiling that might

intend to span all of the plane, but can't (because something bad, such
as Batman or an asterix can appear if we use it as a hub of a wheel).
Conway had apparently conjectured that any possible hole, regardless of
shape/size, is equivalent to a decapod hole. Is this still a conjecture?

If yes, in what ways has is been strengthened, or does there exist a
counterexample that I haven't seen yet?

Thanks for any help you may be able to provide; I've got a presentation
in Tiling theory due on Wednesday. Also, do you know of any way of
contacting guys such as Penrose, Conway, Stewart, Gardner, or others
currently involved in Tiling and Lattice theory? I can't seem to find
any of their email addresses.

P. S.
Do you do any Mathematica package work with flowsnake tiling
constructions (also in a S A Martin Garner column, probably in the
eighties?), infinite/sporadic families of finite simple groups, Parquet
deformations, the transaction article in Feb 1996, tiling a convex
region with equilateral triangles (of which two or more triangles have
coprime lengthed sides...I'd reeally like to see other results that S A
was unable to publish, but claimed that they had a winner for) and/or
psychological illusions such as those articles found in Nov, 1998.

I'll reference you to the Class I'm's called 424
(actually... Math 424, Applied Abstract Algebra).We are to pick a topic
that we can cover in 20 mins tha t has a direct relation to Applied
Abstract Algebra (the book published by Lidl and Pilz 2nd ed, 1998)...
(no prior (third year or higher) algebra/group theory classes were
needed, and I don't remember too much about the seventeen symmetry
groups or their notations for various types of rotaions, reflection
actions, etc for 2 or 3 space (and how Penrose tilings may not be as
nice as the periodic tilings)). However, I may need to bring a litle of
this in when I present my 10 minutes on Penrose tilings. I'm covering
the other 10 minutes with a short example on the banker's problem since
it is easy to present. And yes, I'll be using a computer overhead, and
maybe a little bit of graphics code from one or two of your examples.

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