The book, How to Construct Platonic, Archimedean and Stellated Polyhedra, is author Lindsworth Deer’s first book and is just the start of great things to come in his new role of a self-published author.
The US$3.99 book is intended to be a Fun semi-historical book on the history of Polyhedra, mainly Platonic, Archimedean and Stellated Solids. More specifically, the book focuses on special construction methods used to make them form a variety of materials!
This book is intend for everyone, from the casual reader seeking an introduction to 3D solids to the serious hobbyist looking for specialized construction methods to build and make Polyhedra from any material including Cartridge paper, corrugated Cardboard, Wood, Fiberglass and even Metal.
But aside from the artistic minded individual looking to make Polyhedra and incorporate it into their artwork, these Platonic, Archimedean and Stellated Polyhedra have shown usefulness within the classroom as well!
Polyhedra as a Teaching Aid – How Polyhedra can help to teach the Sciences
Polyhedra are excellent hands-on tool for teaching the subjects Mathematics, Computer Programming, Biology, Biochemistry and Chemistry.
Polyhedra are an excellent Mathematics teaching aids that not only bring Mathematics to life but have application to other scientific field, such as facilitates learning among Kinesthetic and Visual Learners (Fleming, 2012) by introducing them to the use of trigonometry to derive and calculate the Volumes, Surface Areas and Dihedral and Planar Angles of Polygons and Polyhedra.
It can be used to introduce Children to learning Python and C++ Programming and in the process translate equations into constants and variables in Python and C++ Programming.
The children learning programming (Deer, 2014, Saturday, June 7) can also incorporate aspects of calculations involving Planar 3D Geometry and Trigonometry in 3D Game Programming (Deer, 2014, October 20), where Polyhedra are used extensively to render 3D CGI imagery.
In turn, it would encourage more females to pursue a career in Computer Programming (Deer, 2014, Wednesday, September 24), as there is money to be made from writing Apps and Games for Education and recreational purposes!
Polyhedra and Molecular Stereochemistry – Make your own visual aid models
Finally, it helps students studying Molecular Stereochemistry (Atiyah and Sutcliffe, 2003), in Chemistry and Biology as it enables them to easily visualize molecular cages e.g. zeolites, clathrates that occur in Inorganic Chemistry and organo-metallic Chemistry.
Because the construction methods use every day materials, the student can use these construction methods to make their own models instead of resorting to buying expensive models online.
So, if you’re an artiste or a student studying Mathematics, Physics, Biochemistry or Chemistry, particularly inorganic Chemistry, you’ll find Lindsworth Deer’s book How to Construct Platonic, Archimedean and Stellated Polyhedra an invaluable mathematic and constructional hobbyist reference tool at US$3.99.
As indeed, Polyhedra is life itself!
Here’s the link:
- Fleming, N. (2012). Introduction to Vark. Retrieved from http://legacy.hazard.kctcs.edu/VARK/introduction.htm
- Atiyah, M. and Sutcliffe, P. (2003). Polyhedra in Physics, Chemistry and Geometry. Retrieved from http://arxiv.org/pdf/math-ph/0303071.pdf
- Deer, L. (2014, October 20). Prof. Joseph Saulter’s Digital Game Design and Development Conference – US$112 Billion Video Gaming Industry may be Jamaicans Next BPO. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/10/prof-joseph-saulters-digital-game.html
- Deer, L. (2014, Saturday, June 7). International Girls in ICT Day – How Women can jump-Start Jamaican ICT Industry from Call Centers, Telecom Providers and NDA’s. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/06/international-girls-in-ict-day-how.html
- Deer, L. (2014, Wednesday, September 24). Jamaican Girls Coding 2014 – How Girls Who Code Club at MICO can earn females JA$100,000 per month as Computer Programmers. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/09/jamaican-girls-coding-2014-how-girls.html