Escher, Conway, Kali, etc. - MathOverflow most recent 30 from http://mathoverflow.net 2013-06-19T16:06:48Z http://mathoverflow.net/feeds/question/48717 http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/rdf http://mathoverflow.net/questions/48717/escher-conway-kali-etc Escher, Conway, Kali, etc. David Feldman 2010-12-09T05:26:52Z 2011-01-03T03:20:30Z <p>One can express the symmetry types of, say, Escher's "Circle Limit" prints using Conway's orbifold notation, best known in the context of symmetries of Euclidean plane patterns. </p> <p>For example, Circle Limit III has symmetry type \$433\$ (with Euler characteristic \$-1/12\$).</p> <p>Where can I find an explicit algorithm that produces generators for some appropriate subgroup of the isometries of the Poincaré model of the hyperbolic plane given a suitable Conway notation? Only certain notation give rise to rigid orbifolds, so I'd also like to know how to read off the number of moduli from the Conway notation. Absent rigidity, I'd really like a parametric family of generating sets realizing all the distinct forms of the underlying orbifold.</p> <p>The popular program Kali facilitates drawing symmetric Euclidean patterns? Does anyone distribute some appropriate hyperbolic counterpart? </p> http://mathoverflow.net/questions/48717/escher-conway-kali-etc/50981#50981 Answer by Robert Haraway for Escher, Conway, Kali, etc. Robert Haraway 2011-01-03T02:59:28Z 2011-01-03T02:59:28Z <p>Yes! I had to rummage around, but D. Huson has such a program; he now works at Uni Bielefeld in bioinformatics, so it's somewhat hard to find.</p> <p><a href="http://www-ab.informatik.uni-tuebingen.de/software/2dtiler/welcome.html" rel="nofollow">http://www-ab.informatik.uni-tuebingen.de/software/2dtiler/welcome.html</a></p> http://mathoverflow.net/questions/48717/escher-conway-kali-etc/50982#50982 Answer by Igor Rivin for Escher, Conway, Kali, etc. Igor Rivin 2011-01-03T03:20:30Z 2011-01-03T03:20:30Z <p>Can't speak for the Conway -> generators, but for drawing, there is this <a href="http://www.plunk.org/~hatch/HyperbolicApplet/" rel="nofollow">http://www.plunk.org/~hatch/HyperbolicApplet/</a></p> <p>I am not sure why "rummaging" was necessary for the D. Huson program, since there is a link to it on the "OrbifoldNotation" wikipedia page.</p>