Amphis pour Tous - Symmetry and asymmetry: the mathematics of tessellations and kaleidoscopes

January 11, 2018 18:00 - January 11, 2018 19:30

The lecture "Symmetry and asymmetry: the mathematics of tessellations and kaleidoscopes", presented by Pierre Hyvernat, Senior Le cturer, Laboratoire de Mathématiques (LAMA), UFR Sciences et Montagne will take place on. Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 6pm in Annecy (La Turbine sciences, Place Chorus, Cran-Gevrier 74960 Annecy).

It will also be held on :

  • Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 6:30pm at Archamps Technopole (Bâtiment Salève, 1 amphithéâtre Hermance, 155 rue Ada Byron 74160 Archamps)
  • Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 6:30pm in Albertville (Le Dôme Cinéma, 135 place de l'Europe)


In addition to their artistic qualities, the works of M.C. Escher and the frescoes at the Alhambra have an exceptional mathematical depth: they respect, sometimes in a hidden way, principles of symmetry that are fundamental to mathematics. These symmetries can be found in everyday life: the tiles in a bathroom or the patterns in a honeycomb obey the same principles, and have links with fields as diverse as geometry, group theory, number theory, theoretical computer science or Fourier analysis. The aim of this conference is to reveal this hidden elegance, which can be found in nature as well as in human constructions. Despite the increasing sophistication of the objects considered: "rosettes", "friezes", "regular tessellations" and "aperiodic tessellations", no mathematical knowledge is required to understand and appreciate most of their properties.