Platonic solids model made from a kit, 2007

Made:
2007 in United States
maker:
Zometool Inc
Nested Platonic solids in Zometool.  Front view of whole object against a black background.

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Nested Platonic solids in Zometool. Front view of whole object against a black background.
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Nested Platonic solids made by Geoffrey Child from a Zometool plastic construction kit

Like Kepler, Child was interested in nesting the Platonic solids. Instead of relating them to the orbits of the planets, he was looking for the most efficient way of arranging them in space. He started with two interpenetrating tetrahedra in green at the centre, which form a stella octagonal. The vertices of this are also the vertices of the cube in blue. This cube sits inside the icosahedron in blue, which is connected to the blue dodecahedron by yellow struts. The model is made in Zometool, a highly sophisticated mathematical construction kit developed from 1992.

Details

Category:
Mathematics
Object Number:
2007-15
type:
platonic solids model
credit:
Child, Geoffrey