Mathematical Impressions: Goldberg Polyhedra

Goldberg Polyhedra

In the 1930s, Michael Goldberg designed a family of highly symmetric spherical forms consisting of hexagons and pentagons. Because of their aesthetic appeal, organic feel and easily understood structure, they have since found a surprising number of applications ranging from golf-ball dimple patterns to nuclear-particle detector arrays.

For more information, see George Hart, “Goldberg Polyhedra,” in Shaping Space, 2nd ed., edited by Marjorie Senechal, 125–138, Springer, 2012.



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