Geometric Model by A. Harry Wheeler, Union of Four Cubes

Massachusetts high school teacher and model maker A. Harry Wheeler built several geometric models that represented the union of intersecting cubes. He described this model as “four cubes wrapped about a regular octahedron.” The plastic pieces of the model are cut and glued to represent sections of red, yellow, black, and blue cubes.
The model has no maker’s mark, but is numbered “94.” This corresponds to an entry in Wheeler’s handwritten catalog of his models. He also numbered the model H18, as it was based on a six-sided figure or hexahedron.
Compare model MA*304723.117, which is the same surface, folded from paper.
A. H. Wheeler, Catalog of Models, A. H. Wheeler Papers, Mathematics Collections, National Museum of American History.
Currently not on view
Object Name
geometric model
date made
ca 1935
Wheeler, Albert Harry
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
red (overall color)
blue (overall color)
yellow (overall color)
black (overall color)
cut and glued (overall production method/technique)
average spatial: 12 cm x 16 cm x 16 cm; 4 23/32 in x 6 5/16 in x 6 5/16 in
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Worcester
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Science & Mathematics
Mathematical Association of America Objects
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Helen M. Wheeler
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