Category Archives: geometry

Post without words #7

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Making tessellations

I just received my copy of Tessalation!, a great new book written by Emily Grosvenor and beautifully illustrated by Maima Widya Adiputri, which I helped fund on Kickstarter. It’s about a girl named Tessa who goes exploring in her backyard … Continue reading

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Apollonian gaskets and Descartes’ Theorem II

In a few previous posts I wrote about “kissing sets” of four mutually tangent circles, and the fact that their signed bends satisfy Descartes’ Theorem, (Remember that the signed bend of a circle is like the curvature , except that … Continue reading

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Apollonian gaskets and Descartes’ Theorem

In my previous post, I explained a recursive procedure for drawing Apollonian gaskets. Given any three mutually tangent circles, there are exactly two other circles which are mutually tangent to all three (forming what we called a “kissing set”). This … Continue reading

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Apollonian gaskets

In my last post I showed off this tantalizing picture: This pattern of infinitely nested circles is called an Apollonian gasket. Over the next post or two I’ll explain some cool math behind actually constructing them. Mostly I will state … Continue reading

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An amazingly symmetric icosahedron edge coloring

In my last post I showed off the stellated icosahedron I made out of folded paper: I also claimed that it uses a very particular and elegant color scheme. When I set out to make it, I did some googling … Continue reading

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