Mathematical Model – Compound of Five Cubes

Coxeter Collection · Mathematics

Accession Number: 2016.mat.2

Instrument Name:

Mathematical Model – Compound of Five Cubes


This painted paper model is described in the display at the Department of Mathematics as “Compound of 5 Cubes with the vertices of a dodecahedron, each used twice, and the face-planes of a triacontahedron.”

Primary Materials: Cardboard

Dimensions (cm): Longest dimension = 26cm

Function: Pedagogical math model

Condition: Excellent

Manufacturer: Unknown

Date of Manufacture: c. 1960


These models existed at the Dept. of Mathematics during the tenure of Dr. H.S.M. Coxeter, who provided the comments below.

Additional Information and References:

“It is interesting to see that this is another kind of stellation. Each cube has 6 faces, so the 5 together have 30 faces, and they are in positions of the edges of a dodecahedron and icosahedron.” H.S.M. Coxeter, March 10, 2000

Donated to UTSIC: No