Math Monday: Geometric fruit carving

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Math Monday: Geometric fruit carving

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.

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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 is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at garstipsandtools.com.

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