Purely Platonic

A dodecahedron table lamp

Charles Platt | Make Vol. 11- 2007 | Pdf | pgs | mb

People appear symmetrical, but even the mostDownload...

perfect human face shows irregularities if we

compare the left side with the right. Perhaps this

is why the absolute, rigid symmetry of crystals

seems beautiful yet alien to us. Unlike DNA's

soft spiral, a crystal's molecular bonds align

themselves to form regular three-dimensional

structures.,which the Greeks considered math-

ematically pure. The most fundamental of these

shapes are known as the five Platonic solids.

If you assemble equal-sided triangles -- all the

same size, with the same angles to each other --

you can create three possible solids: a tetrahedron

(with 4 faces), an octahedron (8 faces), and an

icosahedron (20 faces). If you use squares instead

of triangles, you can create only a hexahedron,

commonly known as a cube. Pentagons create a

dodecahedron (12 faces), and that's as far as we

can go. No other solid objects can be built with all-

identical. equal-sided, equal-angled polygons.

The Platonic solids have always fascinated me.

My favorite is the dodecahedron. which is why

I used it in this project as the basis for a table lamp.

By extending its edges to form points, we make

something that looks not only mathematically

perfect, but perhaps a little magical.

Mirror

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