Kepler-Poinsot Solids. The stellations of a dodecahedron are often referred to as Kepler-Solids. The Kepler-Poinsot solids or polyhedra is a popular name for the. The four Kepler-Poinsot polyhedra are regular star polyhedra. For nets click on the links to the right of the pictures. Paper model Great Stellated Dodecahedron. A Kepler–Poinsot polyhedron covers its circumscribed sphere more than once, with the centers of faces acting as winding points in the figures which have.

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Likewise where three such lines intersect at a point that is not a corner of any face, these points are false vertices. From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository. You may pounsot so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.

Duals have the same Petrie polygonor more precisely, Poinsoy polygons with the same two dimensional projection. In this way he constructed the two stellated dodecahedra. The visible parts of each face comprise five isosceles triangles which touch at five points around the pentagon. Kepler’s final step was to recognize that these polyhedra fit the definition of regularity, even though they were not convexas the traditional Platonic solids were.

In his Perspectiva corporum regularium Perspectives of the regular solidsa book of woodcuts published inWenzel Jamnitzer depicts the great stellated dodecahedron and a great dodecahedron both shown below. The skeletons of the solids sharing vertices are topologically equivalent. They are composed of regular concave polygons and were unknown to the ancients.

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Mark’s Basilica, Venice, Italy, dating from ca. Regular star polyhedra first appear in Renaissance art. Within this scheme the small stellated dodecahedron is just the stellated dodecahedron. Kepldr three others are facetings of the icosahedron. The icosahedronsmall stellated dodecahedrongreat icosahedronand great dodecahedron. The hidden inner pentagons are no longer part of the polyhedral surface, and can disappear.


InLouis Poinsot rediscovered Kepler’s figures, by assembling star pentagons around each vertex. The small stellated dodecahedron and the great icosahedron are facettings of the convex dodecahedron, while the two great dodecahedra are facettings of the regular convex icosahedron.

As with the Platonic solids, the Kepler-Poinsot solids have identical regular polygons for all their faces, and the same number of faces meet at ponisot vertex. In four dimensions, there are 10 Kepler-Poinsot solids, and in dimensions withthere are none. Each has the central convex region of each face “hidden” within the interior, with only the triangular arms visible. In the 20th Century, Artist M. Icosaedron Elevatum by Leonardo poinsto VinciDe divina proportione It is clear from the general arrangement of the book that he regarded only the five Platonic solids as regular.

Each edge would now be divided into three shorter edges of two different kindsand the 20 false vertices would become true ones, so that we have a total of 32 vertices again of two kinds. These figures have pentagrams star pentagons as faces or vertex figures.

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The following other wikis use this file: In these the faces 20 triangles and 12 pentagons, respectively which meet at each vertex “go around twice” and intersect each other, in a manner that is the three-dimensional analog to what happens in two-dimensions with a pentagram.

The pentagon faces of these cores are the invisible parts of the star polyhedra’s pentagram faces. They may be obtained by stellating the regular convex dodecahedron and icosahedronand differ from these in having regular pentagrammic faces or vertex figures.

All Kepler—Poinsot polyhedra have full icosahedral symmetryjust like their convex hulls. The three dodecahedra are all stellations of the regular convex dodecahedron, and the great icosahedron is a stellation of the regular convex icosahedron.

Because of this, they are not necessarily topologically equivalent to the sphere as Platonic solids are, and in particular the Euler relation. Great dodecahedron and great stellated dodecahedron in Perspectiva Corporum Regularium by Wenzel Jamnitzer Width Height Mathematical Recreations and Essays, 13th ed.


The platonic hulls in these images have the same midradiusso all the 5-fold projections below are in a decagon of the same size. Like the five Platonic solids, duals of the Kepler-Poinsot solids are themselves Kepler-Poinsot solids Wenningerpp.

The Kepler-Poinsot solids are the four regular concave polyhedra with intersecting facial planes. The other three Kepler—Poinsot polyhedra share theirs with the keplrr.

The great icosahedron and its dual resemble the icosahedron and its dual in that they have faces and vertices on the 3-fold poinsott and 5-fold red symmetry axes. What is new is that we allow for a notion of “going around twice,” poimsot results in faces that intersect each other.

In his naming convention the small stellated dodecahedron is just the stellated dodecahedron. The small and great stellated dodecahedra, sometimes called the Kepler polyhedrawere first recognized as regular by Johannes Kepler in A table listing these pounsot, their dualsand compounds is given below. The center of each pentagram is hidden inside the polyhedron.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Great stellated dodecahedron gray with yellow face. A dissection of the great dodecahedron was used for the s puzzle Alexander’s Star. Hints help you try the next ooinsot on your own. The small stellated dodecahedron and great icosahedron. Original design and concept: A small stellated dodecahedron appears in a marble tarsia inlay panel on the floor of St.

The great dodecahedron and great icosahedron have convex polygonal faces, but pentagrammic vertex figures. The icosahedron and great dodecahedron.

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