Posted by: **Alexandre Borovik** | August 10, 2009

## Making visualisation and images

A childhood story from EH:

Maths came easily to me until A-level, so I have no recollection

of any issues. After GCSE a teacher did tell my parents that I should

rethink my ambition to do a maths degree as I would soon hit my

ceiling. He was partly right. I struggled for ages with the language

of differentiation until I got the visual picture. Since then maths has

been hard work to understand, though I usually get through with

enough work. Making *visualisations and images* really helps me.

Around the same time (GCSE) I came across the Penrose tiling

for the first time and was fascinated. I remember working for ages

trying to find a version with seven fold rotational symmetry rather

than five. I drew lots of pictures, but did not get anything to work.

I am now a mathematician, having done my PhD on the Penrose

and related tilings. And the problem? I eventually solved it (and the

general case) and it became my second published paper.

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