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Nobel winner finds quasicrystals look JUST like Moroccan tiles

Israeli chemist Dan Shechtman just won this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry for his discovery of crazy tenfold symmetry in “quasicrystals” found in aluminum and manganese. Steven woke me up this morning with this article saying, “How much does this look exactly like zellij?!” Zellij being the traditional Moroccan tiling we’ve come to love.

So much! Check it out: (The quasicrystal formation is on the top left.)

So cool to think we might be hardwired to make this kind of stuff… Read the NY Times article about him here.




  1. Posted 6 Oct ’11 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    Cool stuff! Have you guys read Habibi yet? Love to hear your thoughts.