Das Land in dem die Schablonen blühen.

For every tesselation, we can give a graph, which contains the edges and nodes of this tesselation. For example, the graph of the dodecahedron is

It is a graph of the kind 5 3, where every surface has 5 edges, and at every node, 3 edges meet. For 5 3, this graph is finite. For 4 4, this graph is the regular tesselation of the euclidean space:

But, for example, for 3 8, there is no regular tesselation on the euclidean space anymore, and none on the sphere. But there is a regular tesselation of that kind on the hyperbolic space.

Now, I was inspired by HyperRogue to try to produce some code, without any direct goal. I created a program that generates such graphs. And for debugging, I wrote a method that creates a GraphViz definition. GraphViz is a program for layouting graphs; it has several methods to find good starting points for several types of graph. When trying the sfdp method (and tuning a bit), I got the following output:

The documentation says that sfdp tries to arrange the nodes by reducing force (whatever force exactly is in this case). It cannot arrange the outer nodes anymore, so we get a curly outer line – which reminds me of lettuce (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons):


Lettuce also approximates hyperbolic surfaces. I am not sure why exactly, but probably to maximize the surface of its leaves. Maybe some similar process is going on in both cases. Or maybe it is just coincidence.

Anyway, I think it is beautiful. :3