Wythoff Construction of Polyhedra

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Various uniform polyhedra, including all the Platonic and Archimedean solids, can be generated by a Wythoff construction. Begin with a spherical triangle (called a Schwarz triangle) and place a single vertex inside it. Drop perpendiculars to each of the three sides of the triangle and color the regions red, blue, and yellow. Reflect the triangle in each of the three sides until the entire sphere is covered.

Contributed by: Adam P. Goucher (August 2012)
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Snapshot 1: the great dodecahedron, one of the Kepler–Poinsot polyhedra

Snapshot 2: the omnitruncated tetrahedron or truncated octahedron

Snapshot 3: the truncated icosahedron, football, or buckyball

Snapshot 4: a nonconvex uniform star polyhedron, the great rhombihexahedron

Snapshot 5: the regular icosahedron

Snapshot 6: the truncated cube

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