Shaping Space pp 171-189 | Cite as

Form, Function, and Functioning



Polyhedra are objects worthy of study and admiration in their own right. They have been inspirations for mathematicians, artists, and architects, and have also served as models for abstract notions about the biological and physical world. The sophistication of such modeling has evolved over the centuries, influencing both physical and mathematical theories. In studying polyhedra we see over and over again ways in which theory is inspired by nature, and ways in which science is inspired by theory.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ChemistrySmith CollegeNorthamptonUSA

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