Geometrikum - geometric exhibits to explore on the 3rd floor of Science Park 2

3-D Hilbert curve -
120-cell -
24-cell -
Developable surface -
Dragon curve -
Gömböc -
Dodecahedron -
Dodecahedron - Great stellated -
Hexastix -
Hyperboloid of revolution -
Hyperbolic plane -
Hypercube -
Rectangles in an icosahedron -
Klein bottle -
Lorenz Manifold -
Menger Sponge -
Möbius strip -
Oloid -
Plücker's conoid -
Pythagoras tree -
Rhombenicosidodecahedron -
Rhombicuboctahedron -
Rhombicosidodecahedron - stellated -
The Schwarz Lantern -
Scutoid -
Seifert Surface of Boromean Rings -
Sierpinski tetrahedron -
Soma Cube -
Stanford bunny -
Stereographic Projection -
Tangent developable -
Tesseract -
Trefoil knot -
Truncated icosahedron -
Villarceau circles -

Developable surface of a moebius strip made of paper
Developable surface
From Wikipedia

Sample 1: Möbius strip - 3D
Printable pattern page 1 (pdf/ svg), page 2 (pdf/ svg). Blue is mountain folding, red is valley folding.

Sample 2: Stanford bunny

Stanford Bunny made of Paper

A Python script for unfolding triangular meshes in order to create paperfold models at Github

construction manual:
Sheet size 30x30 cm, with numbers: SVG
Sheet size 30x30 cm, without numbers: SVG sheet 1, 2, 3, 4,
Sheet size A4, without numbers: PDF sheet 1, 2, 3, 4,

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wooden model of villarceau circles with shadow wooden model of Villarceau circles
Villarceau circles

In geometry, Villarceau circles are a pair of circles produced by cutting a torus obliquely through the center at a special angle (from Wikipedia).

Construction period: May 2016 - July 2016, more details here.

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Model of Hyperboloid of revolution made of wood and strings
Hyperboloid of revolution

A hyperboloid of revolution of one sheet. The strings are straight lines. For any point on the surface, there are two straight lines lying entirely on the surface which pass through the point. This illustrates the doubly ruled nature of this surface. From Wikipedia

Construction period: Feb. 2015 - March 2015, more details here.

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Menger Sponge fice versa made of paper, no glue was used. Menger Sponge made of paper, no glue was used.
Menger Sponge and vice versa, card cubes

In mathematics, the Menger sponge is a fractal curve. It is a three-dimensional generalization of the Cantor set and Sierpinski carpet. It was first described by Karl Menger in 1926, in his studies of the concept of topological dimension, see Wikipedia.

Instructions from the institute for figuring. Card cube instructions.

Construction period: May 2014 - July 2014. No glue was used! More details here.

Menger Sponge, perler beads

Menger Sponge made of perler beads

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Floating Grid of Klein bottle made of cable ties and its shadow
Grid of Klein bottle made of cable ties in 2017

2019: Klein-Bottle made of plastic

Klein Bottle made of plastic waste The shadow of the grid of Klein bottle made of cable ties Model Klein bottle crocheted and with zipper to unfold Model Klein bottle made of cable ties

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Tangent Developable made of a plexiglass tube and strings
Tangent Developable made of a plexiglass tube and strings


The tangent developable of a space curve γ(t) is a developable surface formed by the union of the tangent lines to the curve. From Wikipedia

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Plücker's conoid
Plücker's conoid

In geometry, Plücker’s conoid is a ruled surface named after the German mathematician Julius Plücker. From Wikipedia

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Lorenz manifold crocheted
Lorenz manifold, crocheted

Weather forecasting is an inaccurate science. Especially the patterns of clouds and their effects are a mystery. One of the first scientists who ventured into the mysteries of weather was the meteorologist Edward Lorenz. In 1963 Lorenz worked on a calculation for weather forecasting, more precisely he developed a simplified mathematical model for atmospheric convection. From these calculations he received the Lorenz Attractor, from which the Lorenz Manifold was developed in 2002. In 2002 the mathematician Hinke Osinga discovered that the computer model of Lorenz Manifold looks like a crochet script. Osinga did not hesitate for long and crocheted the first Lorenz Manifold. The model of the geometricum consists like the original model of 47 rows and 21.989 stitches. In total more than 1 km of yarn was used to crochet the model.

Model of Lorenz Manifold front view Model of Lorenz Manifold side view

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Model Hyperbolic plane crochet
Hyperbolic plane

2013, more information of the discoverer of hyperbolic crochet Daina Taimina on the homepage of the Crochet Coral Reef project.

Crocheted hyperbolic models usually consist of double crochets, single crochets, chain stitches and slip stitches. They are crocheted in rounds and every $n$-th stitch will be doubled. The smaller $n$ is, the more crimped the hyperbolic plane becomes.

Model Hyperbolic plane crochet, larger n Model Hyperbolic plane crochet, smaller n

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Seifert Surface of Boromean Rings crochet
Seifert Surface of Boromean Rings

The Boromean rings are a link of three closed curves, which can not be separated unless one of the rings is removed (property of a Brunnian link).<\p>

A Seifert surface is an oriented surface, which is bounded by a link or knot. In 1961 Martin Gardner presented the Seifert surface of Boromean rings in his column for the first time.

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Tesseract made of plexiglass
Tesseract - Hypercube

A hypercube is an n-dimensional analogy to a cube or a square. A 4D-hypercube is also referred to as Tesseract.
In order to recieve a 3D-projection of the Tesseract, one will start with it's 3D-net (shown on the left picture also called Dali cross). By cutting and folding it can be turned into the second figure (right), before reaching the final representation (top). Over all there are 261 possibilities to display the 3D-net of a 4D-Hypercube.
See also Wikipedia.

Dali cross, a net of a tesseract made of toothpicks 4-dimensional unit hypercube (a unit tesseract)

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Rectangles in an icosahedron
Rectangles in an icosahedron

The model shows an icosahedron which is spanned by three golden rectangles. A rectangle is called golden rectangle if it is composed of a square and a rectangle, such that both rectangles are similar. The aspect ratio of the rectangel is the golden ratio. If we now combine three of these rectangles such that, they have the same center point then we get by connecting neighboring points a Platonic solid with 20 sides.

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Part of Sierpinski tetrahedron made of straws
Sierpinski Tetrahedron

A Sierpinski Tetrahedron was built of straws during the long night of science 2014.
Logo LNdF 2014

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Leopold the Lego Standford bunny
Stanford bunny

We built the Stanford bunny out of Lego pieces for the long night of science 2016.
Logo LNdF 2016

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Oloid made of wood and straws

An oloid is a three-dimensional curved geometric object that was discovered by Paul Schatz in 1929. It is the convex hull of a skeletal frame made by placing two linked congruent circles in perpendicular planes, so that the center of each circle lies on the other circle. The distance between the circle centers equals the radius of the circles. One third of each circle's perimeter lies inside the convex hull, so the same shape may be also formed as the convex hull of the two remaining circular arcs each spanning an angle of 4π/3. From Wikipedia

Construction period: autumn 2017.

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The Gömböc is a body with the special property of being able to roll back to a certain point, no matter how it is placed on the ground. It can be compared to the classic "tumbler toy", which also gets up again and again from any position. However, this only manages to stand up due to heavy weights inside the body. The two mathematicians Peter Várkonyi und Gábor Domokos were the first to answer the question of the existence of such a convex body without hidden weights with yes and to prove it.

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Scutoid made of paper and 3-D print

Scutoids are composed of two base planes that have different numbers of edges and at least one further vertex, that is not part of any base plane. Due to that their side surfaces are in general bent. Yet it is especially interesting, that one can construct Scutoids that pack tightly together (meaning that when putting two together the shared side surfaces fit one another perfectly and avoid any space between them). Another special property of Scutoids is, that the neighbouring relationship on the base planes changes due to that extra vertex when going from one plane to the other.

Scutoid 3-D printed Scutoid made of paper

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3-D Hilbert curve made of copper tubing
3-D Hilbert curve

A Hilbert curve (also known as a Hilbert space-filling curve) is a continuous fractal space-filling curve first described by the German mathematician David Hilbert in 1891, as a variant of the space-filling Peano curves discovered by Giuseppe Peano in 1890. From Wikipedia

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Stereographic Projection

A stereographic projection is used for mapping a sphere onto a plane. More specifically, a perspective projection, so a projection where all lines originate from one single point, is used. This point is located at the shell of the sphere. Opposite to it, a tangent plane is used as the projection plane. Stereographic Projection light off Stereographic Projection Visualized using a 3D model light on

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sample folding of paper strip
Dragon curve

The dragon curve is just like the Koch snowflace a fractal curve which is self similar. Even the curve uses a finite area its border is infinitely long.
Although the curve looks rather irregular it never crosses itself even once. Further the dragencurve has a surprisingly simple aspect ration of 3:2.
Also it is an object with which it is possible to tile the plane completely.
An illustrative possibility for finding the n-th iteration of the curve is to fold a strip of paper in half n times. If you now open the paperstrip and every side of it is positioned in an angle of 90° you get the n-th iteration of the dragon curve.

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Trefoil knot made of lego
Trefoil knot

In knot theory, a branch of mathematics, the trefoil knot is the simplest example of a nontrivial knot. The trefoil can be obtained by joining together the two loose ends of a common overhand knot, resulting in a knotted loop. As the simplest knot, the trefoil is fundamental to the study of mathematical knot theory. . From Wikipedia

Construction plan

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120-cell or hyperdodecahedron
120-cell or hyperdodecahedron

In geometry, the 120-cell is the convex regular 4-polytope with Schläfli symbol {5,3,3}.
The boundary of the 120-cell is composed of 120 dodecahedral cells with 4 meeting at each vertex. It can be thought of as the 4-dimensional analog of the regular dodecahedron. Just as a dodecahedron can be built up as a model with 12 pentagons, 3 around each vertex, the dodecaplex can be built up from 120 dodecahedra, with 3 around each edge. From Wikipedia

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The 24-cell is a convex regular fourdimensional polytope, which was first described by the swiss mathematician Ludwig Schläfli in the mid-19th century. It is also known as icositetrachoron, octaplex, icosatetrahedroid, octacube, hyperdiamond or polyoctahedron, being constructed of octahedral cells.

Its boundary consists of 24 (regular) octahedron cells, six of which meet at each vertex and three at each edge. The body contains, in addition to the 24 cells, 96 triangular planes, 96 edges and 24 corners.

The present model was built as part of a seminar at the Institute of Applied Geometry of metal and fishing line.

See also Wikipedia 24-cell

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A dodecahedron is a 12-sided polyhedron. Dodecahedra come in many different shapes. One of the most familiar shapes of dodecahedra is the regular dodecahedron, which has twelve regular pentagons as faces and is one of the Platonic solids. It has 30 edges, 20 vertices and 160 diagonals. The surface area and the volume of a regular dodecahedron are both related to the golden ratio. The dual polyhedron is the regular icosahedron. With these two polyhedrons there can be constructed many other solids, e.g. the truncated icosahedron (soccer ball), which is the result of taking the intersection of a regular dodecahedron and a regular icosahedron. In total there exists 6 384 634 topologically distinct convex dodecahedra. The number of vertices of these dodecahedra varies from 8 to 20.

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Great stellated dodecahedron
Great stellated dodecahedron

Together with the small stellated dodecahedron and the great dodecahedron as well as the great icosahedron the great stellated dodecahedron represents one of four Kepler-Poinsot polyhedra. As a regular geometric object it is bounded by 12 uniform pentagrams which generate 60 isosceles triangles and it is characterized by equality of both any interior and exterior angles with a value of 63,44 °.

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Truncated icosahedron
Truncated icosahedron

In geometry, the truncated icosahedron is an Archimedean solid, one of 13 convex isogonal nonprismatic solids whose faces are two or more types of regular polygons. This geometry is associated with footballs typically patterned with white hexagons and black pentagons. From Wikipedia

Fussball - Trancated Icosahedron Fussball - Trancated Icosahedron

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The rhombicuboctahedron consists of 18 squares and 8 equilateral triangles. Therefore it has 48 edges and 24 vertices. The name originates from the fact that 12 of the 18 squares are congruent to the rhombi of the rhombic dodecahedron.

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The rhombenicosidodecahedron is one of a total of 13 (without similarity difference, otherwise 15) Archimedean solids which were probably discovered in the 3rd century BC by the mathematician Archimedes.
The rhombicosidodecahedron gets its name from the congruence of the squares with the rhombuses of a rhombic triacontahedron. In total, the solid consists of 20 equilateral triangles, 30 squares, 12 regular pentagons and 120 edges, with 10 edges each forming a regular decagon. With the help of the outer sphere and tangent planes, the deltoid hexacontahedron results as a dual body.

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Stellated Rhombicosidodecahedron made of paper
Stellated Rhombicosidodecahedron
From Wikipedia

no glue was used!

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Pythagoras tree made of paper
Pythagoras tree

The Pythagoras tree is a recursively created fractal, which was initially described in 1942 by the Dutch maths teacher Albert E. Bosman. The construction is based on the Pythagorean theorem: Starting with a square representing the trunk, two smaller squares are placed on it confining a right angle. This proceeding is recursively applied to the subsequent squares. After some iterations a construct, which resembles a tree, is obtained.

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Möbius band made of single paper pieces
Möbius strip

A Möbius strip (also Möbius band or Möbius loop) denotes a surface with only one edge and one side. It can be easily formed by attaching the ends of a paper strip together with a half-twist. Independent of each other this object was first mathematically described in 1858 by Johann Benedict Listing and August Ferdinand Möbius. The Möbius strip is not orientable, this means that it is impossible to distinguish between clockwise and counterclockwise turns with consistency. In detail, an arrow pointing clockwise on the strip would return as an arrow pointing counterclockwise.

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Different models of a Schwarz Lantern
The Schwarz Lantern

2018, The Schwarz lantern is a pathological example of the difficulty of approximating a smooth curved surface with a polyhedron. From Wikipedia

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Soma cube made of paper, no glue was used. Soma cube made of paper, no glue was used, the individual parts
Soma cube made of card cubes

The Soma cube was invented in 1936 by Piet Hein during a lecture on quantum mechanics conducted by Werner Heisenberg. Its primary function is as an dissection puzzle with the goal of constructing a 3x3x3 cube from seven smaller, individual parts.

There are 240 distinct solutions of the Soma cube puzzle, except for when the cube is rotated or flipped.

Card cube instructions.

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Paper works

including a 12-unit stellated octahedron and a 30-unit stellated icosahedron made of Sonobe modules, a truncated icosahedron, furthermore, a Bascetta-Stern.

No glue was used!


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Picture of a Hexastix

You see four hexagonal tubes which are hollow. The shape of the cavity is a "rhombic dodecahedron", a geometric solid bounded by twelve rhombuses. From George Hart.

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Match cube showing Pi
Match Cube - Match Circle

2014, 2017, no glue was used!

Match Circle - they see me rolling

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Match Circle Match cube, only frame

Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Institut für Angewandte Geometrie, Altenberger Str.69, 4040 Linz