The Pioneering Role of the Sierpinski Gasket

@article{Khovanova2015ThePR,
  title={The Pioneering Role of the Sierpinski Gasket},
  author={Tanya Khovanova and Eric Nie and Alok Puranik},
  journal={Math Horizons},
  year={2015},
  volume={23},
  pages={5 - 9}
}
T he famous Sierpinski gasket, shown in figure 1, appeared in Italian mosaics in the 13th century. But it was not named the Sierpinksi gasket then; in fact, Wacław Sierpiński was not yet born. He was born in 1882 and described this fractal mathematically in 1915. The first available description of the UlamWarburton (UW) automaton, a fractal we will describe in the next section, is in a 1962 article by Ulam [6]. Richard Stanley rediscovered the automaton in 1994 [5], and it has continued to… 

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Tanya Khovanova is a lecturer at MIT. She enjoys math and puzzles, as well as ballroom dancing. Email: tanyakh@yahoo

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