Tuesday, April 29, 2014

That Pesky Five-fold Symmetry

So.  I should have gone to sleep, but I'd been thinking about square saw-tooth lines and stars and I thought, hey, I'll bet I could make some pretty five-pointed stars.

And then I fired up InkScape and even though I'd done it with six-pointed stars, I forgot and used squares.

And... Oh, right, five-fold symmetry prevents things from lining up in a plane.

The next day I fiddled around with zig-zags and eventually came up with this second, more flowery example.  The more, er-bumpy- parts of the design are where the chiral five-fold pinwheels are overlapping.  I'll have to figure out a simplified junction.  Later.  After I submit some stories...

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