Recently the Penrose magnets came from the successful kickstarter. (I can't tell from their website if they are available anywhere now.) It was fun to see tweeps sharing getting theirs. @MrHonner posted a picture that started the jealousy. This is a picture of my son's attempt to tile with them.
A recent GeoGebra project got me using the RigidPolygon tool for the first time, and later I realized that this would enable me to make them in GeoGebra. The construction of the kites and darts is easy with the regular polygon tool. I couldn't make a tool to make copies, because it wanted too much information. I remembered the advice Kathryn Peake was giving to David Wees on Twitter for a sketch: make a button.
So the first sketch was the tiles without matching rules.
Purists, like Edmund Harriss (@gelada) in that Twitter conversation, will correctly point out that these are not Penrose tiles but they can be used to make a Penrose tiling.
Without the matching rules it's really easy to get yourself in trouble.
Here's the GeoGebraTube page. Unfortunately the applet doesn't work well in the HTML5 version, since you can make new tiles, but they can't be moved. Fine in the Java applet, though.
It took me a bit to figure out how to construct the tile alterations to provide the matching rules, but the upside is that it is customizable, so that now you can make the tiles into shapes that are pleasing to you. I can see how Dr. Penrose wound up with chickens, though.
Here's the GeoGebraTube page.
I did get to meet Dr. Penrose when he was working with my advisor - very fun and charming man. As well as obviously brilliant; nice when things work out that way.
|From David Austin's fun slides|
Playing Penrose's Tile Game
In the sketch on GGBtube, I share some places to learn more about these:
- My favorite: my colleague David Austin's two articles, Penrose Tiles Talk Across Miles and Penrose Tilings Tied Up in Ribbons.
- Don't miss Dave's whiz-bang Java Rhomb Tiler. It is serious fun.
- Quick basics and images at http://intendo.com/penrose
- A GeoGebra sketch to look at the motions in the rhomb tiling from jwelker.