A Discovery in Architecture: 15th Century Islamic Architecture Presages 20th Century Mathematics

A Discovery in Architecture: 15th Century Islamic Architecture Presages 20th Century Mathematics

This article relates the discovery by two American scholars, Paul J. Steinhardt and Peter J. Lu (respectively from the department of physics at Princeton and Harvard universities) that medieval Islamic artists produced intricate decorative patterns using geometrical techniques that were not understood by Western mathematics until the 20th century.

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