I’ve been having fun watching the math that Mike Lawler (@mikeandallie on Twitter) and his kids discuss on video at their blog mikesmathpage, and thinking about how to get my own 8-year-old son interested in watching those videos. Their post from yesterday, Penrose tiles and some simple 3D variations, has three great videos that are very visual and so I started with those. In these videos Mike and his kids examine various tilings of 2-dimensional space and various tessellations of 3D-space, using the following models:
- AspiringEdifier’s Penrose Tiles (kite and dart)
- richgain’s Apparently Impossible Cube
- our Rhombic Dodecahedron wireframe model (Day 210)
- VeryWetPaint’s Puzzle Rhombic Dodecahedron
UPDATE: Scott Elliott (VeryWetPaint) has uploaded a new .dxf file and OpenSCAD code on Thingiverse with some helpful descriptions and bonus OpenSCAD code in the comments below. Thank you, VeryWetPaint!