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

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

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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).
Currently not on view
Object Name
geometric model
date made
ca 1932
c. 1932
Wheeler, Albert Harry
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Worcester
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)
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
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Helen M. Wheeler
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Science & Mathematics
Plane Dissections
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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