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Polyhedron Models [Paperback]

Magnus J. Wenninger
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26 April 1974 0521098599 978-0521098595 New Ed
Models of the regular and semi-regular polyhedral solids have fascinated people for centuries. The Greeks knew the simplest of them. Since then the range of figures has grown; 75 are known today and are called, more generally, 'uniform' polyhedra. The author describes simply and carefully how to make models of all the known uniform polyhedra and some of the stellated forms. Fully illustrated with drawings and photographs, this is the first practical guide to making these intricate and beautiful solids.

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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; New Ed edition (26 April 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521098599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521098595
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 18.5 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 216,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The general effect of this book is to create a desire in the reader to become involved with these gracefully symmetrical figures; it is very pleasant reading indeed.' Science

'The photographs and descriptions, together with a foreword by H. S. M. Coxeter, a bibliography, and a list of the models, have been fashioned into a beautiful book.' Choice

'This book should provide hours of enjoyment to all those who appreciate the regular, uniform and stellated polyhedra.' Institute of Physics

' … a splendid sequel to Cundy and Rollett's Mathematical models: more lavishly produced, with a photograph of each of the 119 models described …' Mathematical Gazette

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The author describes simply and carefully how to make models of all the known uniform polyhedra and some of the stellated forms. Fully illustrated with drawings and photographs, this is the first practical guide to making these intricate and beautiful solids.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book gives lots of inspiration 23 April 2013
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At first glance I was a bit disappointed, because I expected nets ready to be copied and cut out (like in Gerald Jenkins' books for example), but then I discovered that this is not the approach here. As the book favours models out of different coloured card or paper, a single net wouldn't be of much use (or isn't even possible as in the case of many star polyhedra with lots of overlap when unfolded into 2D). Instead, it suffices to give the shape of each different face together with the vertex figure, and you can work out the rest yourself. So it saves you lots of very challenging calculations about the proportions and angles in polyhedra, while it leaves much of the practical intricacies to the reader, which is fine, because unless you are really passionate about creating these models, you should't try models as complicated as some of those featuring in this book anyway, and with some experience and lots of patience it can all be done.
For two months now I have been using almost every free hour creating some of the models described in this book, expanding my already vast collection of polyhedra and not worrying about finding suitable presents for friends. I am looking forward to making more of the in years to come. A truly marvellous, inspiring book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 8 Nov 2013
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A superb and comprehensive volume which cover this topic in exhaustive detail. More colour images of completed models would have been helpful.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The definitive guide to uniform polyhedra 13 Jun 2000
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This book contains a detailed description of how to make (paper) models of each of the 75 uniform polyhedra, as well as some stellated polyhedra. Wenninger's descriptive and precise writing style is invaluable--his advice on construction methods and techniques are right on the mark. In nearly all cases, he provides sufficient data to allow the reader to draw his/her own templates, but especially in the most complex polyhedra the facial plane data is lacking, most likely because it is too lengthy to include. I would like to have seen more math in this text, and larger photographs. Otherwise, this is a must-have book for anyone interested in polyhedra.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most definitive modern work of polyhedra I've seen 3 July 1998
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Format:Paperback
I have been fascinated with these structures since my disciovery of this book in 1980. Magnus is a fine builder of models and a competent teacher. The explanations for building each model are concise. I also compliment the photographer. As one begins to understand the underlying principles of these solids, a vast array of options present themselves as topics of further study.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Let patience (and beautiful models) be your reward- 18 Dec 1996
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Format:Paperback
Since I discovered this book, I've easily spent hundreds of
hours building these wonderful polyhedra. With a good
general guide to model building and clear instructions,
patterns and pictures of the completed model -- the book
provides the raw material for a great hobby. The completed
models are a continuing fascination, the relations between
polyhedra and their symmetry can really only be appreciated
when you have the models in your hands. While I loved
building some of the over 120 models, it requires patience,
a steady hand and practice.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars polyhedron models 27 Oct 2005
By Jennifer 714 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
My 8th grade math teacher let me borrow this book for the summer. I enjoyed making the modles, some of the more complex ones I havent been able to do but most are farly simple and easy to compleat with pacence
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd like to recommend this book fantastic like a puzzle. 23 Feb 2009
By Kazuko55 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is like a book on the puzzle.
Most people will hardly guess though he or she doesn't know why such paper pattern this solid can be done.
It is very glad when becoming the same as author's paper pattern the result when the paper pattern is made by using the personal computer for myself or using the pencil and the rule. It is the same pleasure as time that was able to work out a puzzle.
It is helped very much by a method of author's coloring and a detailed explanation while making the solid with several paper patterns. The reader can make the solid from this book while enjoying mathematics. I recommend this book for the person who wants to enjoy mathematics. Moreover, I recommend it for the person who wants to make a mysterious solid
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