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Where are the missing Platonic solids???
Posted:
Aug 26, 1994 3:38 PM


Hello all,
This is not exactly a "puzzle"  but we're both puzzled by it, so maybe that counts!
On page 6 of "Shaping Space" (Senechal and Fleck, eds.), in the article entitled "A Visit to the Polyhedron Kingdom," Marjorie Senechal refers to that wonderful woodcut by Escher called "Reptiles." This is the one where the little lizard creature takes a stroll outside the page, jumps up on a dodecahedron, and then returns to the page...
Anyhow: Senechal claims that all 5 Platonic solids are featured somewhere in this woodcut. We have both stared at the picture for a long time and fail to see any of them  except for the aforementioned dodecahedron. You'd *think* that, say, an icosahedron would kind of stick out in a picture like this, but we haven't noticed it.
Any hints about where the other solids may be?
all the best Mike Eisenberg Ann Nishioka
U. of Colorado Boulder



