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"Dissection Dominoes," by Margaret Kepner (Washington, DC)

50 x 50 cm, archival inkjet print, 2016

This piece contains 24 'dominoes' and one square, arranged in a spiral pattern. Each domino has two shapes: a white square and a black polygram (or star). These shapes are cut into subparts so as to be geometric dissections of each other. For example, the upper-right domino displays a dissection of a square into seven pieces that can be reassembled into the adjacent decagon. The domino directly below also displays a dissection of a square into a polygram with 10 vertices, but with every second one connected ({10/2}). Continuing down the right-hand side, there are dominoes showing dissections of the {10/3} and {10/4} shapes. This work provides opportunities for studying the properties--and enjoying the beauty--of geometric dissections. --- Margaret Kepner

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American Mathematical Society