# Mazes on Nets of Rhombic Dodecahedra

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First, select a polyhedron: Bilinski, Cowley or Kepler. With "show polyhedron" off, find the shortest path from the face with the green dot to the face with the red dot. Cowley's dodecahedron is a nonconvex solid that can be folded from the net of a dodecarhombus [1]; it consists of 24 equilateral triangles partitioned in pairs that form skew rhombuses.

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Contributed by: Izidor Hafner (January 2019)

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There is an extensive discussion of Cowley's dodecarhombus net in [5, pp. 76–80]. The net of a rhombic dodecahedron of the second kind (Bilinski's dodecahedron) in [2, p. 3] was made by Hafner and was part of an internet discussion mentioned in [3, p. 22], where it supported Hafner's claim that Cowley's net was not a net of a rhombic dodecahedron of the second kind.

References

[1] J. L. Cowley, *Geometry Made Easy: A New and Methodical Explanation of the Elemnets [sic] of Geometry*, London: Mechell, 1752. www.library.gatech.edu/mensuration/plates1_frame.htm, www.library.gatech.edu/mensuration/build1_frame.htm.

[2] "Rombski poliedri." (Jan 10, 2019) www.logika.si/revija/Stare-revije/revija15-5.pdf.

[3] B. Grünbaum. "The Bilinski Dodecahedron, and Assorted Parallelohedra, Aonohedra, Monohedra, Isozonohedra and Otherhedra." (Jan 10, 2019) digital.lib.washington.edu/researchworks/bitstream/handle/1773/15593/Bilinski_dodecahedron.pdf.

[4] P. R. Cromwell, *Polyhedra*, New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

[5] M. Friedman, *A History of Folding in Mathematics: Mathematizing the Margins*, New York, NY: Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2018.

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