Archimedean solid


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Archimedean solid

n.
A polyhedron whose vertices are identical and whose faces are regular polygons of at least two different types.

[After Archimedes, who first described such polyhedrons.]
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An Archimedean solid can be derived from a Platonic solid by simultaneous truncation of all the vertices of the Platonic solid.
A less restrictive class, called the Archimedean solids, allows the faces to have different shapes, though they still must be regular polygons.
Torquato said his work was different than previous researches conducted as it showed "the best packings, period" in the case of the centrally symmetric Platonic and Archimedean solids.
Specifically, Durer was interested in Platonic and Archimedean solids and the golden mean and how these mathematical concepts influenced proportion and geometric ratios in art, affecting beauty and meaning.
If you relax the conditions for generating the Platonic solids and specify that faces must be regular but not necessarily identical polygons, there are 13 such polyhedra, known as Archimedean solids.