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Mathematical Model – Great Dodecahedron

Coxeter · Mathematics

A colourful cardboard model of a great dodecahedron. Each coplanar face is represented by a common colour. The model gives the impression of forming a series of three-dimensional five-pointed stars

Accession Number: 2016.mat.22

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Primary Materials: Cardboard


This model is labelled with the number “5”.

Dimensions (cm): Longest dimension = 20 cm

Function: Pedagogical mathematical model.

Condition: Excellent

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Manufacturer: Unknown

Date of Manufacture: c. 1960


These models existed at the Dept. of Mathematics during the tenure of Dr. H.S.M. Coxeter, who provided the comments below

Additional Information and References:

“This has the edges of an icosahedron, if you dug into the spaces, an icosahedron is there, or, imagine a pyramidical pit dug out of each of those faces. This is called the great dodecahedron.” H.S.M.Coxeter, March 10, 2000

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