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Geometric Model by A. Harry Wheeler, Tetrakaidekahedron Third Species

Geometric Model by A. Harry Wheeler, Tetrakaidekahedron Third Species

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Description
This cut and folded tan paper model has the general appearance of a cube with a cross-shapped structure on each of its faces. Looking at it more carefully, one finds that each square face of the cube is augmented by four small rectangles in the same plane, one at each vertex. One faceted equilateral triangle interesects each of the eight vertices of the cube. Hence, as the model has fourteen faces, Wheeler considered it a form of tetrakaidekahedron.
A mark on the model reads: TETRAKAIDEKAHEDRON (/) THIRD SPECIES (/) JULY-12-1932. Another mark reads: RS 19. Another mark reads: 9 (/) 25.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Geometric Model
date made
1932
1932 07 12
associated dates
1932 07 12 / 1932 07 12
unspecified
Wheeler, Albert Harry
maker
Wheeler, Albert Harry
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Worcester
associated place
United States: Massachusetts, Worcester
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
tan (overall color)
cut and folded (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
average spatial: 7.5 cm x 7.5 cm x 7.5 cm; 2 15/16 in x 2 15/16 in x 2 15/16 in
ID Number
MA.304723.071
accession number
304723
catalog number
304723.071
Credit Line
Gift of Helen M. Wheeler
subject
Mathematics
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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