Animated Proof of Conway-Radin-Sadun Problem

Izidor Hafner
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana
Trzaska 25, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

In [2] J. H. Conway, C. Radin and L. Sadun applied their theory of geodetic angles to the non-snub Archimedean polyhedra proving that some combinations of Platonic and Archimedean solids can be decomposed to a cube. In particular it was proved that it was possible to dissect the icosahedron, dodecahedron, and icosidodecahedron into finitely many pieces that can be reassembled to form a large cube. The problem is, how to perform such dissection. Observe that there is an algorithm to dissect any number of prisms to a single cube [1, pg. 126]. Animations use Martin Kraus' Live3D applet [3].


[1] V.G. Boltjanskii, Tretja problema Hilberta, Nauka, Moskva 1977.
[2] J. H. Conway, C. Radin, and L. Sadun, On angles whose squared trigonometric functions are rational, Discrete & Computational Geometry, 22 (1999), pages 321-332.
[3] Martin Kraus' Live3D applet