George Hart

Research Professor
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, New York, USA
As a mathematician and sculptor, I try to show people the fun and creative sides of mathematics.
Three Lovely Structures
Three Lovely Structures
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George Hart
2017
These three beautiful constructions are challenging assembly puzzles. Their apparent simplicity is deceiving, so building them will stretch your visualization and problem-solving skills. Each derives from a familiar regular polyhedron---the tetrahedron, cube, and dodecahedron, respectively---yet the faces join together in a surprising way. Instead of connecting edge-to-edge as polyhedral faces do, these polygons lock together by "linking elbows" in a symmetric entanglement. Once they are built and handled for a while, their internal logic becomes clearer and they serve to illustrate the richness of the structures to be found in the mathematical world. For detailed instructions, see http://MakingMathVisible.com