The Info List - Boerdijk–Coxeter Helix

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The BOERDIJK–COXETER HELIX, named after H. S. M. Coxeter and A. H. Boerdijk , is a linear stacking of regular tetrahedra , arranged so that the edges of the complex that belong to only one tetrahedron form three intertwined helices . There are two chiral forms, with either clockwise or counterclockwise windings. Contrary to any other stacking of Platonic solids , the Boerdijk–Coxeter helix
Boerdijk–Coxeter helix
is not rotationally repetitive. Even in an infinite string of stacked tetrahedra, no two tetrahedra will have the same orientation. This is because the helical pitch per cell is not a rational fraction of the circle.

Buckminster Fuller
Buckminster Fuller
named it a tetrahelix and considered them with regular and irregular tetrahedral elements.


* 1 Architecture * 2 Higher-dimensional geometry * 3 Related polyhedral helixes * 4 See also * 5 Notes * 6 References * 7 External links


See the Art Tower Mito .


30 tetrahedral ring from 600-cell projection

The 600-cell partitions into 20 rings of 30 tetrahedra , each a Boerdijk–Coxeter helix. When superimposed onto the 3-sphere curvature it becomes periodic, with a period of ten vertices, encompassing all 30 cells. The collective of such helices in the 600-cell represent a discrete Hopf fibration . While in 3 dimensions the edges are helices, in the imposed 3-sphere topology they are geodesics and have no torsion . They spiral around each other naturally due to the Hopf fibration.

In addition, the 16-cell