Regular polyhedra, c 1965.
3 1 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm

Regular polyhedra, c 1965.

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A polyhedron is said to be regular when all its faces are identical regular polygons. There are nine regular polyhedra; the five Platonic solids, seen at the top of the picture, known to the Greeks and named after the philosopher Plato: the two star polyhedra discovered by Kepler; and the two described by Poinsot in 1810.

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