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Thanks to Sir Roger Penrose OM FRS, the people of the world can today enjoy an infinitely-varying pattern of tessellating tiling upon their bathroom walls. I was on safari in Helsinki, hoping in vain to bag a giraffe, when I spotted the unmistakable traces on the ground of a different quarry.

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Helsinki Maths Mystery - Penrose tiles

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