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Prolific Tile Designer, Sir Roger Penrose, is awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics

Karin Jeske

Sir Roger Penrose at Texas A&M

Congratulations to Sir Roger Penrose, who was just awarded a Nobel Prize in Physics. Did you know that he was also a prolific designer of aperiodic tile patterns with discoveries such as the "dart and kite" tessellation that allows 2 modules, laid out randomly, to cover a plane with no gaps? This work was inspired by MC Escher, and related to his exploration in the field of quasicrystals. I love this photo, which was taken in the lobby of the Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M University, with a beautiful, random "Penrose Tile" installation on the floor.



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