A Chiral Polyhedron Made of Kites and Triangles, Along with Its Dual, Made of Triangles and Isosceles Trapezoids

To make this polyhedron using Stella 4d (available here), one starts with the icosahedron, drops the symmetry of the model down from icosahedral to tetrahedral, and then stellates it once. The result is a chiral solid featuring four triangular faces and twelve kites:

chiral polyhedron made of triangles and kites -- found while exploring tetstells of the icosahedron.gif

The dual of this polyhedron, which is also chiral, has four triangular faces, and twelve faces which are isosceles trapezoids. It is a type of faceted dodecahedron — a partial faceting, meaning it is made without using all of the dodecahedron’s vertices.

Faceted Dodeca.gif

The Second of Dave Smith’s “Bowtie” Polyhedral Discoveries, and Related Polyhedra

Dave Smith discovered the polyhedron in the last post here, shown below, with the faces hidden, to reveal how the edges appear on the back side of the figure, as it rotates. (Other views of it may be found here.)

Smith's puzzle

So far, all of Smith’s “bowtie” polyhedral discoveries have been convex, and have had only two types of face: regular polygons, plus isosceles trapezoids with three equal edge lengths — a length which is in the golden ratio with that of the fourth side, which is the shorter base.

Smiths golden trapezoid

He also found another solid: the second of Smith’s polyhedral discoveries in the class of bowtie symmetrohedra. In it, each of the four pentagonal faces of the original discovery is augmented by a pentagonal pyramid which uses equilateral triangles as its lateral faces. Here is Smith’s original model of this figure, in which the trapezoids are invisible. (My guess is that these first models, pictures of which Dave e-mailed to me, were built with Polydrons, or perhaps Jovotoys.)


With Stella 4d (available here), the program I use to make all the rotating geometrical pictures on this blog, I was able to create a version (by modifying the one created by via collaboration between five people, as described in the last post) of this interesting icositetrahedron which shows all four trapezoidal faces, as well as the twenty triangles.

Smith's Icositetrahedron

Here is another view: trapezoids rendered invisible again, and triangles in “rainbow color” mode.

Smith's Icositetrahedron H

It is difficult to find linkages between the tetrapentagonal octahedron Smith found, and other named polyhedra (meaning  I haven’t yet figured out how), but this is not the case with this interesting icositetrahedron Smith found. With some direct, Stella-aided polyhedron-manipulation, and a bit of research, I was able to find one of the Johnson solids which is isomorphic to Smith’s icositetrahedral discovery. In this figure (J90, the disphenocingulum), the trapezoids of this icositetrahedron are replaced by squares. In the pyramids, the triangles do retain regularity, but, to do so, the pentagonal base of each pyramid is forced to become noncoplanar. This can be difficult to see, however, for the now-skewed bases of these four pyramids are hidden inside the figure.

J90 disphenocingulum

Both of these solids Smith found, so far (I am confident that more await discovery, by him or by others) are also golden polyhedra, in the sense that they have two edge lengths, and these edge lengths are in the golden ratio. The first such polyhedron I found was the golden icosahedron, but there are many more — for example, there is more than one way to distort the edge lengths of a tetrahedron to make golden tetrahedra.

To my knowledge, no ones knows how many golden polyhedra exist, for they have not been enumerated, nor has it even been proven, nor disproven, that their number is finite. At this point, we simply do not know . . . and that is a good way to define areas in mathematics in which new work remains to be done. A related definition is one for a mathematician: a creature who cannot resist a good puzzle.

The Beginning of an Attempt to Create an Aperiodic Tessellation of Golden Trapezoids


I’m not sure where this is going next. It uses the trapezoids described at the end of the last post. It’s unfinished . . . but if I leave it here, I know I’ll be able to find it later.

A Polyhedral Demonstration of the Fact That Twenty Times Four Is Eighty

20 times 4 is 80

The Platonic solid known as the icosahedron has twenty triangular faces. This polyhedron resembles the icosahedron, but with each of the icosahedron’s triangles replaced by a panel of four faces:  three isosceles trapezoids surrounding a central triangle. Since (20)(4) = 80, it is possible to know that this polyhedron has eighty faces — without actually counting them.

To let you see the interior structure of this figure, I next rendered its triangular faces invisible, to form “windows,” and then, just for fun, put the remaining figure in “rainbow color mode.”

20 times 4 is 80 version twoI perform these manipulations of polyhedra using software called Stella 4d. If you’d like to try this program for yourself, the website to visit for a free trial download is http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php.

This Space Station for Geometricians Has, as Outer Hulls, Twelve Trapezoids, and Six Parallelograms with One Square Window / Docking Port Each

12 Trapezoids -- and six parallelograms with square windowsl

I can’t think of any good reasons for geometricans not to have their own space station, and I know what we’d do there:  we’d work on geometry (also known informally as “playing with shapes”).

My suggestion for this space station’s design was created with Stella 4d, and you may find that program (to try or guy) here:  http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php.

Dodecahedral Polyhedron Featuring Regular Icosagons, Regular Hexagons, Rectangles, and Isosceles Trapezoids


Polyhedron Featuring Regular Icosagons, Regular Hexagons, Rectangles, and Isosceles Trapezoids

Created with Stella 4d, software you can try and/or buy at http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php.

Cube-Based Polyhedron Featuring Regular Icosagons, Equilateral Triangles, Isosceles Trapezoids, and Rectangles


Polyhedron Featuring Regular Icosagons, Equilateral Triangles, Trapezoids, and Rectangles

Created with software you can try and/or buy at http://www.software3d.com.Stella.php.

A Cube-Based “Bowtie” Symmetrohedron Featuring Six Regular Hexadecagons, Eight Equilateral Triangles, and Two Dozen Each of Two Types of Icosceles Trapezoid


A Cube-Based Symmetrohedron Featuring Six Regular Hexadecagons, Eight Equilateral Triangles, and Two Types of Icosceles Trapezoids

The two types of trapezoid are shown in blue and green. There are twenty-four blue ones (in eights set of three, surrounding each triangle) and twenty-four green ones (in twelve sets of two, with each set in “bowtie” formation).

This symmetrohedron follows logically from one that was already known, and pictured at http://www.cgl.uwaterloo.ca/~csk/projects/symmetrohedra/, with the name “bowtie cube.” Here’s a rotating version of it.

dodecagons and hexagons

(Images created with Stella 4d — software you can try yourself at http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php.)