Polygons and PolyhedraMore on Polyhedra
Platonic solids are particularly important polyhedra, but there are countless others.
Applications of Polyhedra
Plato was wrong in believing that all elements consists of Platonic solids. But regular polyhedra have many special properties that make them appear elsewhere in nature – and we can copy these properties in science and engineering.
Many viruses, bacteria and other small organisms are shaped like
Many molecules are shaped like regular polyhedra. The most famous example is
It was discovered in 1985 when scientists researched interstellar dust. They named it “Buckyball” (or Buckminsterfullerene) after the architect
Most crystals have their atoms arranged in a regular grids consisting of
Tetrahedra and octahedra are incredibly rigid and stable, which makes them very useful in construction. Space frames are polygonal structures that can support large roofs and heavy bridges.
Platonic solids are also used to create dice. because of their summetry, every side has the