Math Photo: Hexagonal Rabbits

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Hexagonal Rabbits

The tilling station is one of my favorite exhibits at the Museum of Mathematics.  These rabbit tiles create a hexagonal tiling of the plane.  Pick any rabbit, and you’ll notice six rabbits all around it; this is exactly how hexagons fit together to tile the plane.

What I really like about this tiling is the the various levels of triangles that emerge.  Triangles of rabbits, one of each color, mutually intersect at ears and paws.  And I can’t help but seeing the monochromatic rabbit triangles!



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