Convex Polyhedra, Dirichlet Tessellations, and Spider Webs
Plane pictures of three-dimensional convex polyhedra, plane sections of three-dimensional Dirichlet tessellations, and flat spider webs with tension in all the threads are essentially the same geometric object. At the root of this remarkable coincidence is a single geometric diagram that permits us to offer a unified image of the connections among these and other objects. Some hints of these connections are more than a century old, but others are very recent. We begin with an historical sketch.