Mathematical Model – Sixty Wires

Coxeter Collection · Mathematics

Accession Number: 2016.mat.9

Instrument Name: Mathematical Model – Sixty Wires


A mathematical model consisting of twelve bundles of consisting of five bronze-coloured wires each. Each bundle intersects at the centre and is soldered at each end such that the whole forms a regular geometrical figure emphasizing the 6 pentagonal axes of rotation

Primary Materials: Metal wire

Dimensions (cm): Longest dimension = 23 cm

Function: Pedagogical math model.

Condition: Excellent

Manufacturer: Unknown


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:

“This is an arrangement of sixty wires which has a set of five wires with their ends joined together with solder, and the wires stretch a little bit apart. Sixty wires are interwoven in such a way that every set of five is the same as every other set of five, and they are intermeshed so that you can take one of the set of five and make all the others coincide with it by just moving them.” H.S.M. Coxeter. Dec. 23, 1999.

Donated to UTSIC: No