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Mike Eisenberg

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

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

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