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Polyhedra on the stamps

Euler polyhedra on stamps

Stamps cover all significant events happening in the world. Much attention was paid to polyhedra by artists-philatelists. The stamp dedicated to Leonhard Euler with the image of icosahedron was issued in 1983 in East Germany (200 years anniversary of the scientist).

Euler polyhedra on stamps

Another stamp was issued in Switzerland in 2007 and was devoted to the 300 years birth anniversary of Leonhard Euler.

Both stamps contain the famous Euler’s theorem for polyhedra (read more about it in Issue #7 of Magic Edges).

This is the stamp issued in Monaco in 2000. It was dedicated to the Year of mathematics. You can see the image of dodecahedron there.

dodecahedron on stamp

The stamp issued in Hungary in 1980 depicts Johannes Kepler, a mathematician and an astronomer, and his model of the universe based on regular polyhedra (Issue #4 of Magic Edges).

Johann Kepler polyhedra on stamps
Luca Pacolli dodecahedron on stamps

The stamp issued in Italy in 1994 is dedicated to Luca Pacioli (Issue #3 of Magic Edges). You can see a dodecahedron among various items in front of the scientist.

The stamp issued in Mongolia contains the copy of an engraving by Albrecht Durer "Melancholia". One of the elements in the engraving is a polyhedron, a prism truncated at the top and at the bottom.

Albrecht Durer Melancholy polyhedron
impossible Escher figures

In addition you can also see two stamps where you will not find polyhedra in their conventional sense.

The stamp is devoted to the mathematical congress in Innsbruck (Austria) which was held in 1981. It is based on Escher's impossible box.

These are Swedish stamps with the images of famous figures of Oscar Reutersvärd issued in 1982.
 impossible figures by Oscar Reutersvard
In 1973, the West German postal company issued stamps dedicated to two stellate forms of the dodecahedron.
The Great stellated dodecahedron (left) and the Small stellated dodecahedron on the right.
 Polyhedra stamps


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