Dissecting an Ellipsoid to Form a Heart Shape

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This Demonstration shows a dissection of an ellipsoid into a heart-like figure.

Contributed by: Izidor Hafner (November 2013)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA


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In 1985, William Esser III was awarded a US patent for the dissection of an ellipsoid to a heart-shaped object. Ernst Lurker, a sculptor, discovered a very similar dissection around the same time.

Reference

[1] G. N. Frederickson, Hinged Dissections: Swinging & Twisting, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002 pp. 6–7. www.cs.purdue.edu/homes/gnf/book2.html.



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