Math Monday: Paper plate geometry

Math Monday: Paper plate geometry

Math Monday: Paper plate geometry

By George Hart for the Museum of Mathematics


The raw material for making mathematical constructions can be found all around you. Bradford Hansen-Smith makes intricate geometric sculptures entirely from paper plates. The above icosahedral form is assembled from eighty folded plates that interlock.


This helical form is constructed from 128 paper plates.


This crystal lattice is made from 181 plates.


And this exponentially-branching construction consists of 517 paper plates!


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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

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