Monday, April 14, 2014

Video: Quasicrystals in Medieval Islamic Architecture

by Salman Hameed

Back in 2007 I had posted about the discovery of a particularly complex mathematical pattern (quasi-crystalline Penrose patterns) in 15th century tiles in Isfahan, Iran (see Islamic Tiles and Modern Mathematics). Actually the discovery is indeed quite stunning!

Here is a lecture on this topic by one of the original authors of the study, Peter Lu (tip from 3quarksdaily):

2 comments:

Ali said...

Salman, 1:45 in this video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gVDIXqILqSM#t=105

Is that you?

Salman Hameed said...

Ha! No - but that guy can definitely pass off as my double…

I just heard about the video and it is well done. At the same time, it is unfortunate that we still have to show people that Muslims are more than their angry stereotypes…