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15th Century Quran Leaf in Bihari Script
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Archway from the Darb-i Imam shrine, Isfahan, Iran (1453 C.E.) with two overlapping girih patterns. Image courtesy of K. Dudley and M. Elliff

Medieval Islamic Mosaics and Modern Maths

by Paul J. Steinhardt The swirling Arabesque ceramic tiles used in medieval Islamic mosaics and architecture were produced using geometry not understood in the West until the 1970s, a new study suggests.  …

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