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By George Hart for the Museum of Mathematics

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What could be a better centerpiece for your dessert table than a polyhedral cantaloupe? Try making this “Leonardo style” dodecahedron in which the edges are solid and the faces are open.

vi hart dodecamelon Math Monday: Geometric fruit carving

To warm up for it, you might first want to make all five Platonic solids from apples.

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Vi Hart gives step-by-step instructions for these and other mathematical fruit carving activities here. What other mathematical food constructions can you devise?

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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