Algebra and Tiling: Homomorphisms in the Service of Geometry by Sherman Stein, Sandor Szabó

By Sherman Stein, Sandor Szabó

Usually questions on tiling area or a polygon result in questions referring to algebra. for example, tiling by way of cubes increases questions on finite abelian teams. Tiling via triangles of equivalent components quickly consists of Sperner's lemma from topology and valuations from algebra. the 1st six chapters of Algebra and Tiling shape a self-contained remedy of those themes, starting with Minkowski's conjecture approximately lattice tiling of Euclidean area through unit cubes, and concluding with Laczkowicz's fresh paintings on tiling by means of related triangles. The concluding bankruptcy provides a simplified model of Rédei's theorem on finite abelian teams. Algebra and Tiling is offered to undergraduate arithmetic majors, as lots of the instruments essential to learn the e-book are present in general higher point algebra classes, yet lecturers, researchers mathematicians will locate the publication both beautiful.

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2 η Exercise 12. Show that if the m i χ m χ · · · χ m brick tiles the αϊ χ α χ · · · χ α box, then each nii divides at least o n e of the α*. " Let m i < m < · · · < m be the dimensions of an η-dimensional brick. If divides m j i for 1 < i < η - 1 , we call the brick harmonic. A n οι χ α χ · · · χ α box is called a multiple of t h e m i χ m χ · · · χ m „ brick if there is a permutation φ of the indices 1 , 2 , . . , η such that mi divides a ^ j . 2 n + 2 η 2 Theorem 7. the brick. If a harmonic brick tiles a box, the box is a multiple of Proof.

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