MAA Writing Awards
Tiling the Plane with Congruent Pentagons
Year of Award: 1979
Publication Information: Mathematics Magazine, Vol. 51, (1978), pp. 29-44
Summary: Tiling the plane with congruent pentagons.
About the Author: (from Mathematics Magazine, Vol. 51 (1978)) Doris Schattschneider received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 1966. After teaching at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle, she came to Moravian College in 1968. Here her interest in art let her to create a January Term course "Tessellations: The Mathematical Art". Interest in the problem she writes about here was a natural corollary. Recently, she has collaborated with a graphic artist to produce a book and collection of unique geometric models, M.C. Esher Kaleidocycles, Ballantine Books. The article is greatly expanded from a talk given at Miami University in 1976, in order to include the most current information.