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Regular polyhedra, c 1650-1691.

Regular polyhedra, c 1650-1691.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 24cm x 32cm


These are three of the five skeletal polyhedra asociated with the physicist Robert Boyle (1627-1691). They have been extensively restored. Since ancient times it has been known that there are only five regular polyhedra: three-dimensional figures which appear the same when viewed from any angle. These, from top to bottom, are an icosahedron, a dodecahedron and a cube.

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