Geometric Model by A. Harry Wheeler, Regular Hexagon Transformable into Two Six-Pointed Stars, Plane Dissection


The seven pieces of this plane dissection may be arranged as a regular hexagon or as two equal stars (or, as Wheeler puts it, two intersecting equilateral triangles). The central star is red. The six outer rhombuses are hinged in pairs, making this a partially hinged dissection. Everything fits in a transparent green plastic case.

A drawing of this model, dated April 5, 1932, is in 1979.3002.55 (folder 1).

This is model 7HE in Wheeler's list of dissections under "Regular Hexagons." See 1979.3002.43 (folder 2).

Date Made: ca 1932c. 1932

Maker: Wheeler, Albert Harry

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Massachusetts, Worcester

Subject: Mathematics


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Credit Line: Gift of Helen M. Wheeler

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MA.304723.784Accession Number: 304723Catalog Number: 304723.784

Object Name: geometric model

Physical Description: plastic (overall material)wood (overall material)metal (overall material)yellow (overall color)green (overall color)red (overall color)brown (overall color)cut, glued and hinged (overall production method/technique)Measurements: average spatial: 1.6 cm x 17.6 cm x 16.8 cm; 5/8 in x 6 15/16 in x 6 5/8 in


Record Id: nmah_1075123

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