## MacMahon, Percy Alexander (1854–1929)His studies in symmetry led him to investigate partitions and to become a world authority on Latin squares. He wrote a two-volume treatise Combinatory Analysis (1915-16), which
became a classic, and a book on mathematical recreations called New Mathematical
Pastimes (1921).^{1} The latter shows another of the topics
that intrigued MacMahon: the construction of patterns that can be repeated
to fill the plane. However, much to his regret, as he wrote in the Preface,
"It has not been found possible to produce the book in colour." ## Reference- MacMahon, Alexander.
*New Mathematical Pastimes*. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1921.
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