Monthly Archives: September 2016

Explaining China, Part IV: A Response to “War with China” Hysteria

[Note: the “Explaining China” series began here, and the source for the map above is given there as well.] A persistent worry in the Western world, particularly among the political right, concerns a supposedly-coming-soon war with China, as if China … Continue reading

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Mandala Based on the Number 48

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The Triangles of a Snub Dodecahedron

The snub dodecahedron, one of the Archimedean solids, has eighty faces which are triangles, and twelve pentagonal faces as well. In the view above, the pentagons are rendered invisible, allowing the interior to be viewed as the solid rotates. The … Continue reading

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Three-Legged Racer

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How America Typically Sees the World

This problem reaches its worst levels during presidential campaign years. It’s particularly bad during 2016.

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Building a “Polyhedral Porcupine”

This is the icosahedron, followed by its first stellation. The first stellation of the icosahedron can be stellated again, and again, and so on. The “final stellation” of the icosahedron is the one right before the stellation-series “wraps around,” back … Continue reading

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A Rhombic Cage

This cage is made of 36 identical rhombi, and has six openings. I made it with Stella 4d, a program available at this website.

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