Polyominoes & Tiling Puzzles

Polyominoes are a generalization of dominoes and they give rise to many curious problems, from tilings of dissected chessboards to tetris. They're simple objects, but even the simplest of questions can be hard to answer, and require cunning techniques and approaches.

For example: you can't (of course!) cover a chessboard with straight triominoes (the one on the right in the link). What if you remove a single square from the board -- can you find a way to do it then? There are some similar puzzles here; if you're in a more serious mood, there are plenty of unsolved problems [PDF] in this field too.

This session will no doubt be a bit "lighter" than usual, with puzzles and games taking centre stage. Still, we'll be touching on mathematical topics that come up in more serious contexts too.


As always, all are welcome, whether it's your first time or not. No preparation is needed and we don't expect you to have any specific knowledge about maths, just a willingness to explore, experiment and discuss.

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  • crudgie

    not too hard except algebra

    May 21, 2014

  • CharlieH

    Unfortunately i won't be able to attend. Hopefully next time!

    May 15, 2014

  • crudgie

    what happened to wheatsheaf rathbone plc

    May 15, 2014

    • andrew m.

      we weren't getting enough people to have the room for free

      May 15, 2014

  • Martin T.

    This should be fun! As a teenager I read about them in a Martin Gardner article and then I got hold of Solomon W. Golomb's book on Polyominoes. I spent hours with the puzzles :)

    May 14, 2014

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