The Geometry Junkyard

Buckyballs (née Truncated Icosahedra)

The truncated icosahedron is, of course, one of the standard Archimedean polyhedra. However, it and related shapes were popularized first by Buckminster Fuller's geodesic domes, by its use in the design of soccer balls, and then more recently by the discovery of Carbon molecules in this shape. The molecules were named Buckminsterfullerene, or buckyballs for short, and since then the name has attached itself to the geometric shape as well.

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David Eppstein, Theory Group, ICS, UC Irvine.
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