Cultural Insights from Symmetry Studies

Dorothy K. Washburn and Donald W. Crowe
Bridges London: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2006)
Pages 19–24


Washburn and Crowe have published texts and studies documenting the procedure for and application of the use of plane pattern symmetries to classify cultural patterns [8, 9]. This paper contrasts the difference in cultural insights gained between pattern studies that simply describe patterns by motif type and shape and those that describe the way motifs are repeated by plane pattern symmetries.