Did You Know...

by Howie Cavell

Maurits Cornelis Escher, or M.C Escher, is the creator of tessellations. He was born in Leeuwarden, Netherlands in 1898 and died at age 73 on March 27th 1972. Escher was inspired by the Moors of Alhambra, Spain because the building had extensive patterns on it. Escher mostly created tessellations of people, animals, and geometric shapes. Even though Escher didn't have a strong background in mathematics, his artwork showed mathematical research. He designed over 100 tessellation patterns that people used for visual enjoyment and instructional purposes.

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The three types of transformations are; rotations, reflections, and translations. A rotations is when a shape is turned on one of its vertices. A reflection is when a shape is flipped over an imaginary line. A translation is when a shape is moved to a different area while facing the same direction as before. All these transformations are critical elements in M.C Escher's tessellations.