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Mathematics
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Mathematics is the study of topics such as quantity, structure, space, and change. There is a range of views among mathematicians and philosophers as to the exact scope, Mathematicians seek out patterns and use them to formulate new conjectures. Mathematicians resolve the truth or falsity of conjectures by mathematical proof, when mathematical structures are good models of real phenomena, then mathematical reasoning can provide insight or predictions about nature. Through the use of abstraction and logic, mathematics developed from counting, calculation, measurement, practical mathematics has been a human activity from as far back as written records exist. The research required to solve mathematical problems can take years or even centuries of sustained inquiry, rigorous arguments first appeared in Greek mathematics, most notably in Euclids Elements. Galileo Galilei said, The universe cannot be read until we have learned the language and it is written in mathematical language, and the letters are triangles, circles and other geometrical figures, without which means it is humanly impossible to comprehend a single word. Without these, one is wandering about in a dark labyrinth, carl Friedrich Gauss referred to mathematics as the Queen of the Sciences. Benjamin Peirce called mathematics the science that draws necessary conclusions, David Hilbert said of mathematics, We are not speaking here of arbitrariness in any sense. Mathematics is not like a game whose tasks are determined by arbitrarily stipulated rules, rather, it is a conceptual system possessing internal necessity that can only be so and by no means otherwise. Albert Einstein stated that as far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, Mathematics is essential in many fields, including natural science, engineering, medicine, finance and the social sciences. Applied mathematics has led to entirely new mathematical disciplines, such as statistics, Mathematicians also engage in pure mathematics, or mathematics for its own sake, without having any application in mind. There is no clear line separating pure and applied mathematics, the history of mathematics can be seen as an ever-increasing series of abstractions. The earliest uses of mathematics were in trading, land measurement, painting and weaving patterns, in Babylonian mathematics elementary arithmetic first appears in the archaeological record. Numeracy pre-dated writing and numeral systems have many and diverse. Between 600 and 300 BC the Ancient Greeks began a study of mathematics in its own right with Greek mathematics. Mathematics has since been extended, and there has been a fruitful interaction between mathematics and science, to the benefit of both. Mathematical discoveries continue to be made today, the overwhelming majority of works in this ocean contain new mathematical theorems and their proofs. The word máthēma is derived from μανθάνω, while the modern Greek equivalent is μαθαίνω, in Greece, the word for mathematics came to have the narrower and more technical meaning mathematical study even in Classical times

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Vertex figure
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In geometry, a vertex figure, broadly speaking, is the figure exposed when a corner of a polyhedron or polytope is sliced off. Take some vertex of a polyhedron, mark a point somewhere along each connected edge. Draw lines across the faces, joining adjacent points. When done, these form a complete circuit, i. e. a polygon. This polygon is the vertex figure, more precise formal definitions can vary quite widely, according to circumstance. For example Coxeter varies his definition as convenient for the current area of discussion, most of the following definitions of a vertex figure apply equally well to infinite tilings, or space-filling tessellation with polytope cells. Make a slice through the corner of the polyhedron, cutting all the edges connected to the vertex. The cut surface is the vertex figure and this is perhaps the most common approach, and the most easily understood. Different authors make the slice in different places, Wenninger cuts each edge a unit distance from the vertex, as does Coxeter. For uniform polyhedra the Dorman Luke construction cuts each connected edge at its midpoint, other authors make the cut through the vertex at the other end of each edge. For irregular polyhedra, these approaches may produce a figure that does not lie in a plane. A more general approach, valid for convex polyhedra, is to make the cut along any plane which separates the given vertex from all the other vertices. Cromwell makes a cut or scoop, centered on the vertex. The cut surface or vertex figure is thus a spherical polygon marked on this sphere, many combinatorial and computational approaches treat a vertex figure as the ordered set of points of all the neighboring vertices to the given vertex. In the theory of polytopes, the vertex figure at a given vertex V comprises all the elements which are incident on the vertex, edges, faces. More formally it is the -section Fn/V, where Fn is the greatest face and this set of elements is elsewhere known as a vertex star. A vertex figure for an n-polytope is an -polytope, for example, a vertex figure for a polyhedron is a polygon figure, and the vertex figure for a 4-polytope is a polyhedron. Each edge of the vertex figure exists on or inside of a face of the original polytope connecting two vertices from an original face

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Dual polyhedron
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Such dual figures remain combinatorial or abstract polyhedra, but not all are also geometric polyhedra. Starting with any given polyhedron, the dual of its dual is the original polyhedron, duality preserves the symmetries of a polyhedron. Therefore, for classes of polyhedra defined by their symmetries. Thus, the regular polyhedra – the Platonic solids and Kepler-Poinsot polyhedra – form dual pairs, the dual of an isogonal polyhedron, having equivalent vertices, is one which is isohedral, having equivalent faces. The dual of a polyhedron is also isotoxal. Duality is closely related to reciprocity or polarity, a transformation that. There are many kinds of duality, the kinds most relevant to elementary polyhedra are polar reciprocity and topological or abstract duality. The duality of polyhedra is often defined in terms of polar reciprocation about a concentric sphere. In coordinates, for reciprocation about the sphere x 2 + y 2 + z 2 = r 2, the vertex is associated with the plane x 0 x + y 0 y + z 0 z = r 2. The vertices of the dual are the reciprocal to the face planes of the original. Also, any two adjacent vertices define an edge, and these will reciprocate to two adjacent faces which intersect to define an edge of the dual and this dual pair of edges are always orthogonal to each other. If r 0 is the radius of the sphere, and r 1 and r 2 respectively the distances from its centre to the pole and its polar, then, r 1. R2 = r 02 For the more symmetrical polyhedra having an obvious centroid, it is common to make the polyhedron and sphere concentric, the choice of center for the sphere is sufficient to define the dual up to similarity. If multiple symmetry axes are present, they will intersect at a single point. Failing that, a sphere, inscribed sphere, or midsphere is commonly used. If a polyhedron in Euclidean space has an element passing through the center of the sphere, since Euclidean space never reaches infinity, the projective equivalent, called extended Euclidean space, may be formed by adding the required plane at infinity. Some theorists prefer to stick to Euclidean space and say there is no dual. Meanwhile, Wenninger found a way to represent these infinite duals, the concept of duality here is closely related to the duality in projective geometry, where lines and edges are interchanged

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Harold Scott MacDonald Coxeter
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Harold Scott MacDonald Donald Coxeter, FRS, FRSC, CC was a British-born Canadian geometer. Coxeter is regarded as one of the greatest geometers of the 20th century and he was born in London but spent most of his adult life in Canada. He was always called Donald, from his third name MacDonald, in his youth, Coxeter composed music and was an accomplished pianist at the age of 10. He felt that mathematics and music were intimately related, outlining his ideas in a 1962 article on Mathematics and he worked for 60 years at the University of Toronto and published twelve books. He was most noted for his work on regular polytopes and higher-dimensional geometries and he was a champion of the classical approach to geometry, in a period when the tendency was to approach geometry more and more via algebra. Coxeter went up to Trinity College, Cambridge in 1926 to read mathematics, there he earned his BA in 1928, and his doctorate in 1931. In 1932 he went to Princeton University for a year as a Rockefeller Fellow, where he worked with Hermann Weyl, Oswald Veblen, returning to Trinity for a year, he attended Ludwig Wittgensteins seminars on the philosophy of mathematics. In 1934 he spent a year at Princeton as a Procter Fellow. In 1936 Coxeter moved to the University of Toronto, flather, and John Flinders Petrie published The Fifty-Nine Icosahedra with University of Toronto Press. In 1940 Coxeter edited the eleventh edition of Mathematical Recreations and Essays and he was elevated to professor in 1948. Coxeter was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1948 and he also inspired some of the innovations of Buckminster Fuller. Coxeter, M. S. Longuet-Higgins and J. C. P. Miller were the first to publish the full list of uniform polyhedra, since 1978, the Canadian Mathematical Society have awarded the Coxeter–James Prize in his honor. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1950, in 1990, he became a Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 1997 was made a Companion of the Order of Canada. In 1973 he got the Jeffery–Williams Prize,1940, Regular and Semi-Regular Polytopes I, Mathematische Zeitschrift 46, 380-407, MR2,10 doi,10. 1007/BF011814491942, Non-Euclidean Geometry, University of Toronto Press, MAA. 1954, Uniform Polyhedra, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A246, arthur Sherk, Peter McMullen, Anthony C. Thompson and Asia Ivić Weiss, editors, Kaleidoscopes — Selected Writings of H. S. M. John Wiley and Sons ISBN 0-471-01003-01999, The Beauty of Geometry, Twelve Essays, Dover Publications, LCCN 99-35678, ISBN 0-486-40919-8 Davis, Chandler, Ellers, Erich W, the Coxeter Legacy, Reflections and Projections. King of Infinite Space, Donald Coxeter, the Man Who Saved Geometry, www. donaldcoxeter. com www. math. yorku. ca/dcoxeter webpages dedicated to him Jarons World, Shapes in Other Dimensions, Discover mag. Apr 2007 The Mathematics in the Art of M. C, escher video of a lecture by H. S. M

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Abstract polytope
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An ordinary geometric polytope is said to be a realization in some real N-dimensional space, typically Euclidean, of the corresponding abstract polytope. The abstract definition allows some more general combinatorial structures than traditional definitions of a polytope, the term polytope is a generalisation of polygons and polyhedra into any number of dimensions. In Euclidean geometry, the six quadrilaterals illustrated are all different, yet they have a common structure in the alternating chain of four vertices and four sides which gives them their name. They are said to be isomorphic or “structure preserving”, the measurable properties of traditional polytopes such as angles, edge-lengths, skewness, straightness and convexity have no meaning for an abstract polytope. What is true for traditional polytopes may not be so for abstract ones, for example, a traditional polytope is regular if all its facets and vertex figures are regular, but this is not necessarily so for an abstract polytope. A traditional geometric polytope is said to be a realisation of the abstract polytope. A realisation is a mapping or injection of the object into a real space, typically Euclidean. The six quadrilaterals shown are all distinct realisations of the abstract quadrilateral, some of them do not conform to traditional definitions of a quadrilateral and are said to be unfaithful realisations. A conventional polytope is a faithful realisation, in an abstract polytope, each structural element - vertex, edge, cell, etc. is associated with a corresponding member or element of the set. The term face often refers to any such element e. g. a vertex, edge or a general k-face, the faces are ranked according to their associated real dimension, vertices have rank =0, edges rank =1 and so on. This usage of incidence also occurs in Finite geometry, although it differs from traditional geometry, for example in the square abcd, edges ab and bc are not abstractly incident. A polytope is defined as a set of faces P with an order relation <. Formally, P will be an ordered set, or poset. Just as the zero is necessary in mathematics, so also set theory requires an empty set which, technically. In an abstract polytope this is known as the least or null face and is a subface of all the others, since the least face is one level below the vertices or 0-faces, its rank is −1 and may be denoted as F−1. There is also a face of which all the others are subfaces. This is called the greatest face, in an n-dimensional polytope, the greatest face has rank = n and may be denoted as Fn. It is sometimes realized as the interior of the geometric figure and these least and greatest faces are sometimes called improper faces, with all others being proper faces

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4-polytope
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In geometry, a 4-polytope is a four-dimensional polytope. It is a connected and closed figure, composed of lower-dimensional polytopal elements, vertices, edges, faces, each face is shared by exactly two cells. The two-dimensional analogue of a 4-polytope is a polygon, and the three-dimensional analogue is a polyhedron, topologically 4-polytopes are closely related to the uniform honeycombs, such as the cubic honeycomb, which tessellate 3-space, similarly the 3D cube is related to the infinite 2D square tiling. Convex 4-polytopes can be cut and unfolded as nets in 3-space, a 4-polytope is a closed four-dimensional figure. It comprises vertices, edges, faces and cells, a cell is the three-dimensional analogue of a face, and is therefore a polyhedron. Each face must join exactly two cells, analogous to the way in each edge of a polyhedron joins just two faces. Like any polytope, the elements of a 4-polytope cannot be subdivided into two or more sets which are also 4-polytopes, i. e. it is not a compound, the most familiar 4-polytope is the tesseract or hypercube, the 4D analogue of the cube. 4-polytopes cannot be seen in space due to their extra dimension. Several techniques are used to help visualise them, Orthogonal projection Orthogonal projections can be used to show various symmetry orientations of a 4-polytope. They can be drawn in 2D as vertex-edge graphs, and can be shown in 3D with solid faces as visible projective envelopes. Perspective projection Just as a 3D shape can be projected onto a flat sheet, sectioning Just as a slice through a polyhedron reveals a cut surface, so a slice through a 4-polytope reveals a cut hypersurface in three dimensions. A sequence of sections can be used to build up an understanding of the overall shape. The extra dimension can be equated with time to produce an animation of these cross sections. The topology of any given 4-polytope is defined by its Betti numbers, the value of the Euler characteristic used to characterise polyhedra does not generalize usefully to higher dimensions, and is zero for all 4-polytopes, whatever their underlying topology. This inadequacy of the Euler characteristic to distinguish between different topologies in higher dimensions led to the discovery of the more sophisticated Betti numbers. Similarly, the notion of orientability of a polyhedron is insufficient to characterise the surface twistings of toroidal 4-polytopes, like all polytopes, 4-polytopes may be classified based on properties like convexity and symmetry. Self-intersecting 4-polytopes are also known as star 4-polytopes, from analogy with the shapes of the non-convex star polygons. A 4-polytope is regular if it is transitive on its flags and this means that its cells are all congruent regular polyhedra, and similarly its vertex figures are congruent and of another kind of regular polyhedron

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Icosahedral honeycomb
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The icosahedral honeycomb is one of four compact regular space-filling tessellations in hyperbolic 3-space. With Schläfli symbol, there are three icosahedra, around each edge, and 12 icosahedra around each vertex, in a regular dodecahedral, a geometric honeycomb is a space-filling of polyhedral or higher-dimensional cells, so that there are no gaps. It is an example of the general mathematical tiling or tessellation in any number of dimensions. Honeycombs are usually constructed in ordinary Euclidean space, like the uniform honeycombs. They may also be constructed in non-Euclidean spaces, such as hyperbolic uniform honeycombs, any finite uniform polytope can be projected to its circumsphere to form a uniform honeycomb in spherical space. The dihedral angle of a Euclidean icosahedron is 138. 2°, however, in hyperbolic space, properly scaled icosahedra can have dihedral angles exactly 120 degrees, so three of these fit around an edge. The bitruncated icosahedral honeycomb, t1,2, has truncated dodecahedron cells with a vertex figure. The cantellated icosahedral honeycomb, t0,2, has rhombicosidodecahedron and icosidodecahedron cells, the cantitruncated icosahedral honeycomb, t0,1,2, has truncated icosidodecahedron, icosidodecahedron, triangular prism and hexagonal prism cells, with a mirrored sphenoid vertex figure. The runcinated icosahedral honeycomb, t0,3, has icosahedron and triangular prism cells, viewed from center of triangular prism The omnitruncated icosahedral honeycomb, t0,1,2,3, has truncated icosidodecahedron and pentagonal prism cells, with a tetrahedral vertex figure. Centered on hexagonal prism The omnisnub icosahedral honeycomb, h, has snub dodecahedron, octahedron and it is vertex-transitive, but cant be made with uniform cells. The icosahedral cells of the are diminished at opposite vertices, leaving a pentagonal antiprism core, seifert–Weber space List of regular polytopes Convex uniform honeycombs in hyperbolic space 11-cell - An abstract regular polychoron which shares the Schläfli symbol. Coxeter, The Beauty of Geometry, Twelve Essays, Dover Publications,1999 ISBN 0-486-40919-8 Norman Johnson Uniform Polytopes, Johnson, The Theory of Uniform Polytopes and Honeycombs, Ph. D. Dissertation, University of Toronto,1966 N. W, Johnson, Geometries and Transformations, Chapter 13, Hyperbolic Coxeter groups Klitzing, Richard. Hyperbolic H3 honeycombs hyperbolic order 3 icosahedral tesselation

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Hemi-icosahedron
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A hemi-icosahedron is an abstract regular polyhedron, containing half the faces of a regular icosahedron. It has 10 triangular faces,15 edges, and 6 vertices, from the point of view of graph theory this is an embedding of K6 on a real projective plane. With this embedding, the graph is the Petersen graph --- see hemi-dodecahedron. 11-cell - an abstract regular 4-polytope constructed from 11 hemi-icosahedra, hemi-dodecahedron hemi-cube hemi-octahedron McMullen, Peter, Schulte, Egon, 6C. Projective Regular Polytopes, Abstract Regular Polytopes, Cambridge University Press, pp. 162–165, ISBN 0-521-81496-0 The hemi-icosahedron

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Hemi-dodecahedron
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A hemi-dodecahedron is an abstract regular polyhedron, containing half the faces of a regular dodecahedron. It has 6 pentagonal faces,15 edges, and 10 vertices and it can be projected symmetrically inside of a 10-sided or 12-sided perimeter, From the point of view of graph theory this is an embedding of Petersen graph on a real projective plane. With this embedding, the graph is K6 --- see hemi-icosahedron. 57-cell – an abstract regular 4-polytope constructed from 57 hemi-dodecahedra, hemi-icosahedron hemi-cube hemi-octahedron McMullen, Peter, Schulte, Egon, 6C. Projective Regular Polytopes, Abstract Regular Polytopes, Cambridge University Press, pp. 162–165, ISBN 0-521-81496-0 The hemidodecahedron