Math Monday: Paper Plate Geometry
MARCH 29, 2010

by George Hart

paper-plates-1The raw material for making mathematical constructions can be found all around you. Bradford Hansen-Smith makes intricate geometric sculptures entirely from paper plates. The above icosahedral form is assembled from eighty folded plates that interlock.

paper-plates-2This helical form is constructed from 128 paper plates.

paper-plates-3This crystal lattice is made from 181 paper plates.

paper-plates-4And this exponentially branching construction consists of 517 paper plates!

This article first appeared on Make: Online, March 29, 2010.

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