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### Does every polyomino tile R^n for some n?

This is a question posed by Adam Chalcraft. I am posting it here because I think it deserves wider circulation, and because maybe someone already knows the answer.
A polyomino is usually defined to ...

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### Lecture notes by Thurston on tiling

I am looking for a copy of the following
W. Thurston, Groups, tilings, and finite state automata, AMS Colloquium Lecture Notes.
I see that a lot of papers in the tiling literature refer to it but I ...

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### Tiling the plane with incongruent isosceles triangles

It is not difficult to tile the plane with incongruent triangles.
One could tile with equilateral triangles, and then partition
each equilateral into three triangles, displacing their common
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### Can the sphere be partitioned into small congruent cells?

On the unit $2$-sphere ${\mathbb S}^2$ furnished with the geodesic distance, a subset homeomorphic to a planar disk is called a cell. A finite family of cells is a tiling if their interiors are ...

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### Can a unit square be cut into rectangles that tile a rectangle with irrational sides?

For arbitrary positive integers $m$ and $n$, if we dissect a unit square into an $m\times n$ rectangular grid of $1/m\times 1/n$ rectangles, we can reassemble these $mn$ rectangles into an $n/m\times ...

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### What can be tiled by T-tetrominoes?

The T-tetromino is a T-shaped figure made of four unit squares.
An $m\times n$ rectangle can be tiled by T-tetrominoes if and only if both $m$ and $n$ are multiples of 4. This was proved in a 1965 ...

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### tiling a rectangle with the smallest number of squares

This is based on another thread. For $m,n\in \mathbb N$, let $f(m,n)$ be the minimum number of squares with integer sides needed to tile a $m\times n$ rectangle. Recently, a table of values for $n\le ...

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### Covering of a surface of a cube $n\times n \times n$ by pieces of paper $1\times 6$

When I was too young one of my problems was in the list of problems of All-Russian Olympiad. The problem is the following:
Problem. We have a surface of a cube $n\times n \times n$ such that each ...

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### Monomer-Dimer tatami tilings need better relationships with other math. Summary of results.

A monomer-dimer tiling of a rectangular grid with $r$ rows and $c$ columns satisfies the \emph{tatami} condition if no four tiles meet at any point. (or you can think of it as the removal of a ...

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### “a shape that … lies halfway between a square and a circle”

An article in the
Notices of the AMS, Volume 61, Issue 10, 2014
(PDF download link),
on Khot's Unique Games Conjecture, says this:
Another group ... found a
shape that in a certain sense lies ...

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### Rhombus tilings with more than three directions

The point of this question is to construct a list of references on the following subject: Fix vectors $v_1$, $v_2$, ..., $v_g$ in $\mathbb{R}^2$, all lying in a half plane in that cyclic order. I am ...

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### Higher dimensional generalization of: Any quadrilateral tiles the plane?

Any (non-self-intersecting) quadrilateral tiles the plane.
(MathWorld image.)
Q. What is the strongest known generalization of this statement to higher dimensions?
I.e., ...

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### Can every tromino (including those with gaps) tile the plane?

I've generalized trominos to include "gaps", i.e. they are formed by removing all but $3$ squares from an $n$-omino where $n$ is finite.
The generalized trominos pictured above can tile the plane ...

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### Bicoloring of $\mathbb{N}^2$, avoiding set of patterns, is the maximal limit density rational?

Consider a bi-coloring of $\mathbb{N}^2$, (black and white), where we wish to maximize the limit (limsup) of the density of black squares in $[n] \times [n]$ as $n \to \infty$. Here, we identify each ...

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### slick-proof-of-trick-for-counting-domino-tilings

The trick for rewriting the number of domino tilings of a simply-connected finite lattice region as the absolute value of the determinant of a matrix (due I believe to Kasteleyn and Percus, but if ...

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### Decidability of tiling R^2

Does there exist a closed curve, with finite area and finite circumference, of which it is undecidable (in an axiomatic system where it is constructable) whether it can tile the plane?
I know the ...

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### Arctic regions in higher dimensional zonotopes

Same way as the two dimensional tilings by rhombi come from minimal surfaces in a $D$ dimensional cubical lattice as mentioned in this answer, one can consider higher dimensional zonotopes tiled by ...

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### The sparsest planar net that captures every unit segment

Let $\cal C = \lbrace C_i \rbrace$ be a collection
of rectifiable curves in the plane with the property that
every unit-length segment meets at least one curve
in at least one point.
Call such a ...

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### Relation Between Truncated Braid Groups and Regular Tilings of the Complex and Hyperbolic Plane

This is perhaps a vague question, but hopefully there exists literature on the subject. The question is motivated by an answer I gave to this question on math.SE.
There exists a rather remarkable ...

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### Minimum tiling of a rectangle by squares

Given the $n\times m$ rectangle, I want to compute the minimum number of integer-sided squares needed to tile it (possibly of different sizes).
Is there an efficient way to calculate this?

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### Mathematics of quasicrystals

I want to study quasicrystals from mathematical point of view, but I'm having hard time finding materials about it. If you could suggest me some books, articles or papers, I would be glad.

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### What exact number of domino tilings cannot be realizable?

Inspired by some other questions, (this and this),
I wonder what numbers $n$ there are that satisfy
$$p(n)=\text{there is no region that admits exactly } n \text{ domino tilings}.$$
If this is true, ...

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### A question about tiling Hilbert Space

Let H be an infinite dimensional and separable Hilbert Space. Let e be a positive real number-which can be arbitrarily small. Does there exist a denumerably infinite set S of pairwise disjoint and ...

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### Soft question: mathematics about truchet tiles

It seems that this is the first question on Truchet tiles on MO.
Shown above is a picture of a random tile, which you can see the resulting configuration is much like many membranes of cells.
I ...

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### Dividing a square into 5 equal squares

Can you divide one square paper into five equal squares?
You have a scissor and glue. You can measure and cut and then attach as well. Only condition is You can't waste any paper.

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### Conjecture on NP-completeness of tesselation of Wang Tile up to finite size

Motivated by these following questions on tessellation:
coloring in lattice
Reference for Wang Tile
Computational approach deciding whether a set of Wang Tile could tile the space up to some size
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### Detecting tilings by toric geometry

This is probably a silly question, but I figured that if there is a good answer, this would be a good place to ask.
Ever since I got my hands on the book "Toric Varieties" by Cox, Little and Schenck, ...

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### Is this an instance of any existing convex pentagonal tilings?

Inspired by Wikipedia's article on pentagonal tiling, I made my own attempt.
I believe this belongs to the 4-tile lattice category, because it's composed of pentagons pointing towards 4 different ...

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### Random walk on a Penrose tiling

Pólya proved that a random walk on $\mathbb{Z}^2$ almost surely returns to the
origin, or, equivalently, returns to the origin infinitely often.
It was subsequently established that in $\mathbb{Z}^3$, ...

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### Name this periodic tiling

Hello MO,
I've been working on a problem I'm working on in ergodic theory (finding Alpern lemmas for measure-preserving $\mathbb R^d$ actions) and have found some neat tilings, that I presume were ...

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### Are there irregular tilings by L-polyominoes?

I wonder if one can tile the plane with an order-$n$ L-polyomino
in a fundamentally irregular manner.
I seek help in defining what should constitute "irregular."
An L-polyomino of order $n \ge 2$ is ...

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### Tiling survey that updates TIlings and Patterns?

Can anyone suggest a survey (or surveys) that provides an update to Tilings and Patterns by Grunbaum and Shepard? If there's a more recent book, that would be fantastic, but I don't see one.
I am ...

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### What can we learn from the newly discovered monohedral convex pentagonal tiling?

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentagonal_tiling#Stein_.281985.29_and_Mann.2FMcLoud.2FVon_Derau_.282015.29
Media coverage: ...

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### What is the right way to think about / represent general tilings?

For periodic/symmetric tilings, it seems somewhat "obvious" to me that it just comes down to working out the right group of symmetries for each of the relevant shapes/tiles, but its not clear to me if ...

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### What are Penrose Tilings, and how do they relate to Quasicrystals?

The question is in the title, but let me elaborate a little.
Background
Penrose Tilings are really pretty and satisfy some remarkable properties. For instance, I believe the following is true: even ...

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### computing average height-functions for lozenge tilings

Can anyone suggest a simple and efficient way (preferably embodied in computer code) to compute the average height function for lozenge tilings of an $a,b,c,a,b,c$ semiregular hexagon? I prefer to ...

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### Fractal Tiling of Rhombic Dodecahedra

Hello, this is my first question on Math Overflow...
Rhombic dodecahedra can be tiled in 3-space, leaving no gaps. This tiling corresponds to the close-packing of spheres.
Consider a "nucleus" ...

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### Exact enumerations from two-dimensional stat mech models

Exact enumerations corresponding to the dimer model on a hexagonal grid, the dimer model on a square grid, and the four-vertex (aka square ice) model on a square grid are known, namely: lozenge ...

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### Decidability of periodic tilings of the plane

I'm interested in tilings of the plane by squares, with labels on the edges. It's well known that (1) the question "can one tile the plane with the following finite set of tiles?" is undecidable, and ...

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### one-dimensional (sort of) tilings

Consider the following one-dimensional tiling problem. Each "tile" is a sequence of nonnegative integers. A "region" is also such a sequence. I can shift the "tiles", or reverse them. A tiling is ...

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### Does every polycube tiling imply a regular polycube tiling?

Let's define d-polycubes to be a union of unit hypercubes from the $\mathbb Z^d$ tiling of d-dimensional Euclidean space which has connected interior. Given a tiling of $\mathbb R^d$ by identical ...

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### Thinnest 2-fold coverings of the plane by congruent convex shapes

It is an unsolved problem to determine the "thinnest" $2$-fold covering of
the plane by disks.
The $2$-fold coverage problem by disks is to find the minimum number of congruent
(unit-radius) disks ...

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### 2-layer tilings with a center-of-gravity constraint

I've encountered a tiling problem with a physical constraint that
might place it outside the literature on tiling.
"Tiling" is a bit of a misnomer; it is a special type of cover.
All the tiles are ...

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### How to divide a square into three similar rectangles

Preparing some exercises for my High School pupils I came across this question: How can you tile a square into three similar (ie., same shape, different size) rectangles?
With a bit of algebra it can ...

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### Translative packing constant strictly larger than lattice packing constant

Simply put, my question is this: what is the smallest dimension, if any,
where we can know for sure that a convex body exists whose translative
packing constant is strictly larger than its lattice ...

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### Inequality among domino tilings of large triomino shapes

Inspired by this question, which asks for what shape maximizes the number of domino tilings, I want to ask the following seemingly simpler question, which I have been thinking about for a while:
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### Possible structures for minimal tiling sets

Inspired by Col. Sicherman's results here, my speculations have so far outrun my expertise that I thought I might pass my question along to others who might find it equally intriguing, but perhaps ...

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### Which unfoldings of the hypercube tile 3-space: How to check for isometric space-fillers?

Recently Mark McClure constructed and displayed
the 261 unfoldings of the hypercube (tesseract)
in response to the question,
"3D models of the unfoldings of the hypercube?":
The first 9 unfoldings ...

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### Convex tilings of the plane

For convex polyhedra you have Steinitz's theorem characterizing them as the 3-connected planar graphs. My question is not about spheric tilings, but about periodic tilings of the euclidean plane. Is ...

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### Generating function for number of different tessellation checkered rectangle

Let $R_n$ be checkered rectangle sized $n \times 4, n \ge 1$.
Let $a_n$ be number of different $R_n$ tiling with rectangles sized $1 \times 3$.
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