Shaping Space

Exploring Polyhedra in Nature, Art, and the Geometrical Imagination

Editors: Senechal, Marjorie (Ed.)

  • Makes the geometric world of polyhedra accessible to professionals, students, and laypeople
  • Dedicated to the memory of the legendary geometer H. S. M. Coxeter and the many-faceted design scientist Arthur L. Loeb
  • Not to be missed book for schools, public libraries, and coffee table sections of bookstores
  • Many contributions by outstanding authors make this book intriguing
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Molecules, galaxies, art galleries, sculptures, viruses, crystals, architecture, and more: Shaping Space—Exploring Polyhedra in Nature, Art, and the Geometrical Imagination is an exuberant survey of polyhedra and at the same time a hands-on, mind-boggling introduction to one of the oldest and most fascinating branches of mathematics.

Some of the world’s leading geometers present a treasury of ideas, history, and culture to make the beauty of polyhedra accessible to students, teachers, polyhedra hobbyists, and professionals such as architects and designers, painters and sculptors, biologists and chemists, crystallographers, physicists and earth scientists, engineers and model builders, mathematicians and computer scientists.

The creative chapters by more than 25 authors explore almost every imaginable side of polyhedra.  From the beauty of natural forms to the monumental constructions made by man, there is something to fascinate every reader. The book is dedicated to the memory of the legendary geometer H. S. M. Coxeter and the multifaceted design scientist Arthur L. Loeb.

About the authors

Marjorie Senechal, a world leader in mathematical crystallography, is Louise Wolff Kahn Professor Emerita in Mathematics and History of Science and Technology at Smith College, where she taught from 1966 to 2007. In 2007, she received the College's Honored Professor Award.

Professor Senechal is currently Senior Fellow of the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute at Smith and editor-in-chief of The Mathematical Intelligencer, a cultural journal for the international community of mathematical scientists. Her areas of mathematics research are discrete geometry, tiling theory, and mathematical crystallography. In addition to numerous articles, she is the author or editor of ten books, including Quasicrystals and Geometry, Long Life to Your Children! (a portrait of High Albania), and American Silk, 1830 - 1930, entrepreneurs and artifacts.

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From the reviews:

“It consists of a collection of essays by different authors about many different aspects related to polyhedra. … The book is amply illustrated and aiming at a public from 9 till 99. It will be of interest to a very broad public. Form a mathematical side children might be interested in geometrical puzzles and advanced mathematicians may be interested in solving the open problems, and the whole range in between will probably find something interesting of their own taste.” (A. Bultheel, The European Mathematical Society, June, 2013)

Table of contents (22 chapters)

  • Introduction to the Polyhedron Kingdom

    Senechal, Marjorie

    Pages 3-11

  • Six Recipes for Making Polyhedra

    Walter, Marion (et al.)

    Pages 13-40

  • Regular and Semiregular Polyhedra

    Coxeter, H. S. M.

    Pages 41-52

  • Milestones in the History of Polyhedra

    Malkevitch, Joseph

    Pages 53-63

  • Polyhedra: Surfaces or Solids?

    Loeb, Arthur L.

    Pages 65-75

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eBook $29.99
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Shaping Space
Book Subtitle
Exploring Polyhedra in Nature, Art, and the Geometrical Imagination
Editors
  • Marjorie Senechal
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Marjorie Senechal
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-92714-5
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-92714-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-92713-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 341
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