Polyhedron model showing the icosahedron and one of its 58 stellations

Made:
1986-1987 in Nottingham
maker:
John L. Hudson

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The icosahedron has 20 sides and is one of the five 'Platonic' solids. These special polyhedra are made up of regular
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The icosahedron has 20 sides and is one of the five 'Platonic' solids. These special polyhedra are made up of regular
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Polyhedron model showing the icosahedron and one of its 58 stellations, by John L. Hudson, Nottingham, England, United Kingdom, 1986-1987

The icosahedron has 20 sides and is one of the five ‘Platonic’ solids. These special polyhedra are made up of regular polygons. All the faces, angles, vertices and edges are the same as each other. There are only five solids with these properties, a fact which was proved in the 13th book of Euclid’s Elements. Plato considered them to be fundamental to the order of the universe: four were linked to the four elements, and the fifth, the dodecahedron, was connected with the heavens.

Details

Category:
Mathematics
Object Number:
1987-898/1
Materials:
cardboard, complete
type:
mathematical model
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • mathematical demonstration equipment
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • mathematical demonstration equipment
credit:
Mr J.L.Hudson

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