What is Tessellation?
- The word tessellation come form the word ‘tessera’ which in Latin means small stone cube. These stones were used to make up a “tessellate” or a mosaic picture used for floors and tiling in Ancient Roman times.
- Tessellation is defined as a symmetric design that fits together in repetitive patterns like a jigsaw puzzle. There are no gaps or overlapping in a true tessellation. Everyday examples include brick walls and tiled floors or walls.
- Tessellations are all around us, examples include: turtle shells, plant cells, pineapples, honeycombs of bees, orange sections, nets, soccer balls, and raspberries.