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Geometric Model by A. Harry Wheeler, Truncated Octahedron

Geometric Model by A. Harry Wheeler, Truncated Octahedron

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Cutting off the vertices of a regular polyhedron creates another polyhedron which may also have faces that are regular polygons. If one cuts off the vertices of a regular octahedron, one can produce this truncated octahedron, which has six faces that are squares and eight that are regular hexagons. The solid angles of the figure are equal, and it is called a semi-regular solid. The ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes enumerated the eighteen regular and semi-regular solids, and they are known as Archimedean solids in his honor.
This tan paper model of a truncated octahedron has a tag that reads: 9. It also is marked: 9 IV (/) A. Harry Wheeler (/) Nov. 1, 1921 (/) Pat. 1292188. Wheeler assigned it the general number 9 and it was number IV of his Archimedean solids.
Magnus J. Wenninger, Polyhedron Models, Cambridge: The University Press, 1971, p. 21.
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Object Name
Geometric Model
date made
1921 11 01
associated dates
1921 11 01 / 1921 11 01
Wheeler, Albert Harry
Wheeler, Albert Harry
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)
average spatial: 9.2 cm x 12.5 cm x 10 cm; 3 5/8 in x 4 29/32 in x 3 15/16 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Helen M. Wheeler
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