A Labyrinth for Mischa

Here’s a little Christmas Present for Mischa – a Labyrinth to celebrate the auspicious year of your birth, 2005.

Chinese(2005)There you are, in the centre surrounded by four contemporary friends.

Postscript, 2.7.2014. I forgot to explain that this is Chinese Lattice Labyrinth (41,18), chosen because the sum of the squares of 41 and 18 equals 2005. You 2005’ers could also be represented by the fellow family member (39,22), whose sum of squares also equals 2005. It isn’t very common for there to be the two possibilities, indeed for many birth-years, including the present year, no lattice labyrinth can be constructed – see the “Can I do it?” post.

Both the 2005 Lattice Labyrinths are very easy to construct, employing a general rule for drawing the complementary or missing-links graph which works for all (a,b) except for cases where b is zero or a and b share a common factor.


About davescarthin

After a brief academic and local government career, long an independent bookseller/publisher at Scarthin Books, Cromford, Derbyshire, UK. An antiquarian bookseller in two senses, now also has time to be an annuated independent post-doc, developing the long dormant topic of lattice labyrinth tessellations - both a mathematical recreation and a source of compelling practical tiling/paving and textile designs. Presenting a paper and experiencing so many others at Bridges Seoul 2014 Mathart conference was a great treat, as was the MathsJam Annual Conference in November 2016. I'm building up to a more academic journal paper and trying hard to find practical outlets in graphic design and landscape architecture. An 8 ft square tiling design was part of the Wirksworth Festival Art and Architecture Trail 2016. I love giving illustrated talks, tailored to the audience. Get in touch to commission or to collaborate.
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3 Responses to A Labyrinth for Mischa

  1. Mole Vessey says:

    Thank you, David. pp Mischa


  2. Mole Vessey says:

    Looks a bit Swastika ish though, to be honest


    • davescarthin says:

      To borrow Churchill’s evocative phrase, we can get past the swastikoid suggestions of some Labyrinths to escape into the “broad sunlit uplands” of the infinity of other possibilities. Perhaps there aren’t the same connotations in the Far East, India and China for instance, where the symbol had positive meanings.


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